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91% oppose sex-toy law in Daily poll

By Steve Stewart · 340-2444

A state law against selling sex toys is unpopular with readers who answered a Daily online poll.

“Do you agree with Alabama’s ban on the sale of sex toys?” the two-day, unscientific poll asked at People could vote from anywhere.

Of 191 respondents, 174 (91.1 percent) answered no. Seventeen answered yes.

“I don’t get it,” reader Jim Shook of Decatur wrote in an e-mail. “They want to ban sex toys, but sell guns on every street corner. When was the last time anyone was murdered with a vibrating banana?”

He voted no, as did Terry Turner of Chalybeate.

“I feel that the government has no right to ban these items,” Turner wrote. “What a couple wants to do in their bedroom is no business of anyone.”

State Sen. Tom Butler, D-Madison, sponsored the law, which the Legislature passed in 1998. Plaintiffs including Sherri Williams, owner of Pleasures adult toy shops in Decatur and Huntsville, challenged it in court.

On Valentine’s Day, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that the law is constitutional because “the state’s interest in preserving and promoting public morality provides a rational basis” for it.

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