State legislatures really tackling the hard issues of the day...
By Lee Russ
Thursday, October 05, 2006 at 11:51 AM
In case you missed it....The US Supreme Court just declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of a Texas law that criminalizes making, marketing, or disseminating dildos. And Texas is only one of many states that have these laws. Proving, I guess, that these lucky states must have already solved those other pesky problems like health care, hunger, poverty, under- and unemployment, etc.
Excerpt of the news report:
The Supreme Court refused Monday to consider whether a Texas law making it a crime to promote sex toys shaped like sexual organs is unconstitutional.
An adult bookstore employee in El Paso, Texas, sued the state after his arrest for showing two undercover officers a device shaped like a penis and telling the female officer the device would arouse and gratify her.
The employee, Ignacio Sergio Acosta, says a Texas law outlawing the manufacture, marketing or dissemination of an "obscene device" including those shaped like sex organs is unconstitutional because it prevents individuals from using such devices, violating their right to sexual privacy.
Colorado, Kansas and Louisiana have held such laws unconstitutional, while Georgia, Mississippi and Texas have upheld them, said Acosta's lawyer in urging the Supreme Court to take the case.