Tuesday, May 27, 2014

In Georgia, it's harder to buy a vibrator than a gun


I had a hard time believing this story.  However, it appears to be legitimate.  This is a local ordinance, which makes its craziness more understandable.

From Addicting Info:

Apparently vibrators kill more people than guns – at least in Sandy Springs, Ga. You can carry a gun without a prescription, or even a criminal check. But in order to purchase a sex toy, a woman needs her doctor’s permission. No kidding!
Under a local ordinance, any woman seeking a marital aide has to go to the trouble of making an appointment with her physician, paying for the visit and providing the doc with a valid medical reason for needing a sex toy. Then if the physician deems her medically wanting and feels like giving her a prescription, she can go to the toy store.
Sandy Springs’ local politicians, such as former chair of the Georgia Republican Party member of the Republican National Committee Rusty Paulfresh from campaigning on ‘small government’ promises, put on their puritanical boots and stomped all over women’s rights by banning the sale of sex toys without a, “medical, scientific, educational, legislative or law enforcement,” purpose. One wonders what a valid “legislative” purpose is – pleasure devices at City Council meetings, perhaps? And whatever is a valid “law enforcement” purpose?
Melissa Davenport, a Sandy Springs resident suffering from multiple sclerosis, says that these items permit her and her husband to still be intimate and credits sex devices with saving her marriage. But her doctor refuses to give her a prescription.
So Davenport filed a lawsuit this week seeking to overturn the city ordinance. She feels that local government has no business in the bedroom.
(Some people) have this dirty mind about how people are going to use it. People really do need devices because they need it for health reasons and to have a healthy intimate life with their spouse.
 Gerry Weber, Davenport’s attorney, says:
The (city) ordinance basically says the government can stick its nose in your bedroom and say you can use this but not that.
She plans on using the Fourteenth Amendment violation to argue Davenport’s case. This amendment guarantees a right to privacy. The attorney says:
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.


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