This news article about a sex toy ban caught me completely off guard. I was unaware this was even an issue.
In brief, the 11th Circuit upheld Alabama's ban on sex toys. I have just three comments:
1. I don't understand how the court's ruling comports with Griswold. Guess I'll read it.
2. That's the stupidest law I've ever heard of.
3. Alabama must be an even worse place to live than I previously suspected.
UPDATE: I just started reading the case, Williams v. Attorney General of Alabama, and discovered that the law isn't quite as stupid as I thought. The state banned the sale of sex toys, not the possession or use of them. So the title of this post should be "You Can Masturbate With That, You Just Can't Buy It In Alabama." It's still a stupid law. But I don't think it's #1 anymore.
UPDATE UPDATE: OK, I read it. The ACLU was aiming high, hoping to get the court to declare the existence of a fundamental right of sexual privacy. It missed. But I don't think the legal strategy mattered. I think the 11th Circuit would have upheld the sex toy sale ban no matter the arguments. They concluded,
For the reasons we have explained, we hold that the district court committed reversible error in concluding that the Due Process Clause "encompass[es] a right to use sexual devices like . . . vibrators, dildos, anal beads, and artificial vaginas."
Please note: You can still sell guns in Alabama. It's only the sex toys that offend morality. A state of fools.