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Court Strikes Down Alabama Sex Toy Ban

Associated Press, October 11, 2002

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—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 fundamental right of privacy, long recognized by the Supreme Court as inherent among our constitutional protections, incorporates a right to sexual privacy,” U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith Jr. said Wednesday.

He said the state did not prove it has a legitimate interest in banning the sale of sex devices for use in private, consensual relationships between adults.

The 1998 law—part of a package of legislation strengthening the state’s obscenity law—banned the sale of devices designed for ``the stimulation of human genital organs.” It was challenged by six women who either sell sex aids or said they need them for sexual gratification.

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