Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act

 The Anti-Obscenity Enforcement Act was created in 1998. It is a written law that was passed in Alabama that criminalised the sale of sex toys.

The law was originally sponsored by a state senator, Tom Butler. He represented the 2nd District in Alabama from 1995 to 2010. He sponsored it originally to prevent nude dancing. The statute forbids any one person to distribute, possess with the intent to distribute or even offer to distribute any obscene material or device designed to stimulate human genitalia. First time offenders could face a fine of up to $10,000 and a year in prison, while repeat offenders could face up to 10 years! Many Conservative Christians were the laws ost outspoken backers.

The was challenged by Sherri Williams, an adult sex toy dealer alongside the American Civil Liberties Union. They argued that the Lawrence v. Texas trial, that found the right for people to consensually engage in homosexual sex, also guaranteed a right to sell sex toys in Alabama. Unfortunately, they lost this case and the Supreme Court decided not to hear about it.

Ross Winner, the owner of a chain of sex shops sued to have the statute declared unconstitutional under the Alabama Constitution. However, once again the Alabama Supreme Court ruled against this case in 2009.

Many still fight this case, as they want adult toys to be completely legalised in Alabama. You can still buy and sell sex toys in Alabama but they can only be sold as novelty and educational items.

Unfortunately there are some places in the world who are still not as forward thinking as the rest. Fortunately as the younger generations come through more and more anti-sex toy laws will be revoked. 

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