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Woman Challenges Ga. City’s Sex Toy Ban

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday May 20, 2014
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Melissa Davenport
Melissa Davenport  (Source:WSBTV)

One woman wants you to have the right to use a vibrating egg in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

According to a city ordinance, people in Sandy Springs must have a prescription or a medical or scientific reason to buy "any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs."

This basically means you need a doctor to write you a prescription to buy a dildo.

But Melissa Davenport is not standing for the measure and filed a suit with her attorney Gerry Weber, because they want the government to stay out of individuals’ personal lives, Indiana CBS-affiliated station WSBTV reports.

"[Some people] have this dirty mind about how people are going to use it," Davenport, who has multiple sclerosis, told WSBTV. "People really do need devices because they need it for health reasons and to have a healthy intimate life with their spouse."

She added: "The nerve pathways interfered [with] going to my intimate areas, to the point where I had no feeling."

Davenport also said that sex toys saved her 24-year marriage.

"The ordinance basically says the government can stick its nose in your bedroom and say you can use this but not that," Weber told the news station.

He argues the measure violates the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, which provides a right to privacy.

"People have the right to decide for themselves whether these devices help their intimate life, and the government has no business being the bedroom and second guessing that decision," Weber said.

According to the Consumerist, Davenport, along with another plaintiff, filed the suit last month. The second plaintiff is a man who buys sex toys for both his own personal use and for his artwork but because of the law he can’t buy the toys or sell his artwork without proving it’s a medical need.

WSBTV reports the city will file a response by June and that businesses also challenges the measure. Davenport, however, says she isn’t looking for any money but wants a judge to find the law unconstitutional.

Comments

  • sjenner, 2014-05-20 16:26:24

    The amazing thing is that the City Council actually had the time and interest to waste on this ordinance. Next, perhaps the Council would like to forbid people from eating fried green tomatoes without a prescription.


  • GAG’EM, 2014-05-23 02:51:45

    And remember the people who support idiotic laws like this are the ones who want the government to stay out of our lives.


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