An Alabama law banning the sale of sex toys was struck down by a federal judge as a violation of the right to privacy. The statute deemed selling or distributing "any obscene material or any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs" to be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine.
The Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act of 1998 is an Alabama statute that criminalizes the sale of sex toys. The law has been the subject of extensive litigation and has generated considerable national controversy.
Alabama’s anti-obscenity law, enacted in 1998, bans the distribution of “any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs for anything of ...
A Federal Appeals Court upheld an Alabama law that bans the sale of sex toys. The ruling was made public today. The Federal Appeals Court's decision cites public morality as sufficient grounds to stop the sale of sex toys, but the fight continues, and the toys, still on the shelves tonight. It's the focus of our WAFF 48 Investigators report.
In February, U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith, Jr., issued an opinion on Williams v. King stating the outlawing of commercial distribution of sex toys in Alabama is constitutional. The history of this case is highlighted in this snippet from Lesbian/Gay Law Notes:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Adult shops kept selling vibrators and other sex toys today after Alabama's top court upheld a law that bans the sales except for limited purposes. Skip to Article Set weather
The ban is a part of the Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act, which was originally passed in 1998 in an effort to end nude dancing in parts of Madison County, not to ban sex toys. The act states that the distribution or production of "any device designed or marketed as useful for the stimulation of human genital organs" is prohibited in Alabama.
Alabama Sex Toy Ban Upheld. The 11th Circuit has yet again upheld Alabama’s statute making it “unlawful for any person to knowingly distribute any obscene material or any device designed or ...
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The anti-obscenity law had been sponsored by state Sen. Tom Butler in 1998, but Alabama officials said the sex toy ban was not intentional but the result of borrowing language from other states ...