Alabamas anti-obscenity law loses revenue

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Finally Alabamians can rest assured that their neighbors, in the privacy of their own homes, won&8217;t be enjoying sex toys bought and taxed in Alabama.

On Monday the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a challenge to Alabama&8217;s &8220;anti-obscenity&8221; law banning the distribution of &8220;any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs for anything of pecuniary value,&8221; which was enacted in 1998.

While the law bans sex toys on a commercial level, the leaders of Alabama did not outlaw the little devils completely. This allows Alabamians to purchase such devises in adjacent states and bring them home without breaking the law.

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You&8217;re welcome Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee.

The law doesn&8217;t regulate items such as condoms or virility drugs, and health conscious legislators made sure Alabamians may buy sexual devises in the state that have &8220;bona fide medical&8221; purposes.

We applaud Alabama&8217;s legislators for making sure that, while we can own sex toys, we can&8217;t sell them in the state and thus bring in tax funds. This is yet another brilliant move that doesn&8217;t limit the private freedoms of Alabamians, while at the same time sending potential Alabama tax revenues out of the state.

With brilliant reasoning being applied to such important measures as sex toys, who would think our state is lagging behind in education?