Court Rejects Appeal on Sex Toy Sales Ban
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court rejected on
Tuesday a constitutional challenge to an Alabama law that makes
it a crime to sell sex toys.
The high court refused to hear an appeal by a group of
individuals who regularly use sexual devices and by two vendors
who argued the case raised important issues about the scope of
the constitutional right to sexual privacy.
The law prohibited the distribution of "any device designed
or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human
genital organs." First-time violators can face a fine of up to
$10,000 and as much as one year in jail.
The law, adopted in 1998, allowed the sale of ordinary
vibrators and body massagers that are not designed or marketed
primarily as sexual aids. It exempted sales of sexual devices
"for a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative,
judicial or law enforcement purpose."
Georgia and Texas are the only other states that restrict
the distribution of sexual devices, according to the court
record in the case.