A federal appeals court has overturned a Texas statute outlawing sex toy sales, essentially leaving Alabama as the only state with such a ban. The 5th Circuit ruled that the law making it illegal to sell or promote obscene devices violated the Constitution's 14th Amendment on the right to privacy. In its decision Tuesday, the appeals court cited issues similar to those raised in Lawrence and Garner v. Texas, the U.S. Supreme Court opinion that struck down bans on consensual sex between gay couples.
5th Circuit Overturns Texas Sex Toys Ban
The Associated Press
February 14, 2008