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Bill would make sale of sex toys illegal in South Carolina
AP ^ | 4/23/6 | Seanna Adcox

Posted on 04/23/2006 5:47:00 AM PDT by Crackingham

Lucy’s Love Shop employee Wanda Gillespie said she was flabbergasted that South Carolina’s Legislature is considering outlawing sex toys. But banning the sale of sex toys is actually quite common in some Southern states.

The South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation and allow law enforcement to seize sex toys from raided businesses.

"That would be the most terrible thing in the world," said Ms. Gillespie, an employee the Anderson shop. "That is just flabbergasting to me. We are supposed to be in a free country, and we’re supposed to be adults who can decide what want to do and don’t want to do in the privacy of our own homes."

Ms. Gillespie, 49, said she has worked in the store for nearly 20 years and has seen people from every walk of life, including "every Sunday churchgoers."

"I know of multiple marriages that sex toys have sold because some people need that. The people who are riding us (the adult novelty industry) so hard are probably at home buying it (sex toys and novelties) on the Internet. It’s ridiculous." The measure would add sex toys to the state’s obscenity laws, which already prohibit the dissemination and advertisement of obscene materials.

People convicted under obscenity laws face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


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1 posted on 04/23/2006 5:47:04 AM PDT by Crackingham
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To: Crackingham; upchuck; traviskicks

I guess since our efficient and wonderful SC state government has solved all of the other problems the state had, it's time to ban sex toys.


2 posted on 04/23/2006 5:51:04 AM PDT by Salo (First they came for the dildos....but I was silent because I was not a dildo....)
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To: Crackingham

Dumb...


3 posted on 04/23/2006 5:51:48 AM PDT by DB (©)
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To: Crackingham

A goofy bill, which yet falls short of “the most terrible thing in the world.”


4 posted on 04/23/2006 5:51:51 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Crackingham

bump


5 posted on 04/23/2006 5:52:13 AM PDT by KSCITYBOY
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To: Crackingham

" The South Carolina bill, proposed by Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices ..."

A felony ???? A married couple born the " land of the free " wants to play with some " sex toys " and we're going to make it a felony to sell such toys ??? Is this really a PRIORITY ???? Unreal . Ralph is a jerk .


6 posted on 04/23/2006 5:52:58 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Crackingham
"That would be the most terrible thing in the world," said Ms. Gillespie, an employee the Anderson shop.

On the bright side, produce markets would be bustling.

7 posted on 04/23/2006 5:54:12 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: Crackingham

>>>>Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, would make it a felony to sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation

Maybe his next piece of legislation should be to ban tight jeans and push-up bras, so nobody will get turned on by looking. Then there are the nylon nighties.....

When a favorite insult by dems is to call opponents "taliban republicans", this dip makes it easy for them.


8 posted on 04/23/2006 5:54:30 AM PDT by tlb
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To: Crackingham

Which religious wacko's are for this?


9 posted on 04/23/2006 5:56:09 AM PDT by FightThePower!
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To: Crackingham

Article author Seanna Adcox may have to change her name if the bill passes.


10 posted on 04/23/2006 5:57:31 AM PDT by edpc
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To: Crackingham

Good!


11 posted on 04/23/2006 5:57:36 AM PDT by ExcursionGuy84 ("Jesus, Your Love takes my breath away.")
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To: FightThePower!

See post 11.


12 posted on 04/23/2006 5:58:55 AM PDT by Salo (Then they came for the vibrators....but I was silent because I was not a vibrator....)
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To: Crackingham
"The people who are riding us so hard...."

Interesting choice of words, madam!
13 posted on 04/23/2006 6:01:02 AM PDT by jdm (Trading Helen Thomas pics online since 1996.)
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To: 2A Patriot; 2nd amendment mama; 4everontheRight; 77Jimmy; Abbeville Conservative; acf2906; ...
South Carolina Ping

Add me to the list. / Remove me from the list.
14 posted on 04/23/2006 6:04:01 AM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: TheRightGuy; aculeus; Senator Bedfellow; Petronski; Billthedrill; Larry Lucido; Constitution Day; ..
On the bright side, produce markets would be bustling.

Davenport was bribed by la famiglia Zucchini.

15 posted on 04/23/2006 6:05:06 AM PDT by dighton
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To: Salo

AA and AAA Battery stocks will tank because of this !


16 posted on 04/23/2006 6:07:12 AM PDT by Renegade
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To: Crackingham
"We are supposed to be in a free country ..."

We are. You happen to be in a not-so-free state.

Now, the beauty of federalism is ... you can move to another state if this issue is that important to you!

Certainly the people of South Carolina can decide through the legislative process how they want to live. You wouldn't deny them that, would you?

Are you saying that you should you be allowed to force your perversions on them in the name of "freedom"? What, freedom for me but not for thee?

17 posted on 04/23/2006 6:08:44 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Crackingham

I would love to know which version of Christianity Rep. Davenport subscribes to and what Biblical passage he is basing this on.


18 posted on 04/23/2006 6:10:01 AM PDT by opticks
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To: Crackingham

Worried about the wrong thing.


19 posted on 04/23/2006 6:11:06 AM PDT by Jackknife ( "I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him 'father'." óWill Rogers)
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To: Crackingham

Hmmmmm. . . guess that just leaves the rental market.


20 posted on 04/23/2006 6:11:24 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Salo

Wow.. now the state legislates itself into your bedroom. Have these clowns nothing better to do?


21 posted on 04/23/2006 6:13:08 AM PDT by ketelone
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To: robertpaulsen

Your argument only makes sense if the law was stating you had to buy sex toys when you didn't want them. If you don't want them, don't buy them. If you want them, there should be no prohibtion against buying them: like cigarettes, I suppose.


22 posted on 04/23/2006 6:14:44 AM PDT by Salo (Then they came for the inflatables....but I was silent because I was not an inflatable....)
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To: Crackingham
After nine months of research and seven roads trips to check out the ambiance, I chose to retire to this wonderful state in September, 2003.

This is the first news that makes me wonder.

In the article, Ms. Gillespie says she's flabbergasted.

Me, I just wonder why some people think this is needed?

I was unaware the trafficking in and the use of sex toys was destroying South Carolina.

I'm just so ashamed. What shall I say when I'm asked what state I'm from?

PS to #12 above. Fantastic, targeted tag line :)

23 posted on 04/23/2006 6:17:51 AM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: Crackingham
Yo Ralphie you can't do this, It's unconstitutional.
U.S. Constitution:
Amendment II:
A sexually satisfied population, being necessary for the sanity of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Sex Toys, shall not be infringed.
Wait... I think I may have looked up the wrong U.S. Constitution. My reference was Hustler Magazine. I better double check this. Be back in a sec.....

;-)

24 posted on 04/23/2006 6:18:00 AM PDT by Condor51 (Better to fight for something than live for nothing - Gen. George S. Patton)
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To: Crackingham

Somebody needs to investigate Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport, 'cause his mind is in OUR bedrooms. Disgusting!

I can see it now: Black clad cops with machine guns, bursting into someone's house, shouting "drop the vibrator or we'll shoot".

Nanny statism at its finest.

I'll bet Ralph's wife has never had an orgasm. Poor woman!


25 posted on 04/23/2006 6:18:16 AM PDT by Mister Da (Nuke 'em til they glow!)
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To: Crackingham

Thus creating a sex toy black market?

Wonder what the penalty will be for driving in SC with a loaded sex toy in your car?

ROFOL!


26 posted on 04/23/2006 6:18:33 AM PDT by Taxman (So that the beautiful pressure does not diminish!)
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To: Crackingham
While the house burns Republicans fiddle with sex toys.

Geeeze.
27 posted on 04/23/2006 6:23:01 AM PDT by PeteB570 (Sharia. Coming to a town near you.)
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To: Crackingham

Many bills are proposed. Not all of them pass. Perhaps this will be one of those that do not.


28 posted on 04/23/2006 6:24:30 AM PDT by MineralMan (non-evangelical atheist)
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To: Mister Da

Hahahah you said it... enforcement of this law is going to be a bit difficult...

"dispatch, we have a 969 in progress... description follows"


29 posted on 04/23/2006 6:24:44 AM PDT by ketelone
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To: Salo
"Your argument only makes sense if the law was stating you had to buy sex toys when you didn't want them."

Your argument only makes sense if you think it would be OK to have a crack house next door to you, prostitutes walking up and down your sidewalk, and an OTB parlor across the street.

If you don't want them, don't buy them.

30 posted on 04/23/2006 6:25:42 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: upchuck
"What shall I say when I'm asked what state I'm from?"

Since "banning the sale of sex toys is actually quite common in some Southern states", then I would proudly tell people I'm from a Southern state that supports morals and decency and is a good place to raise children.

Or you could move. Your choice.

31 posted on 04/23/2006 6:29:46 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: TheRightGuy
On the bright side, produce markets would be bustling.

When zucchini is illegal, only criminals will have zucchini.

32 posted on 04/23/2006 6:32:32 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Bend over and think of England.)
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To: Crackingham

Republican legislators, looking for ways to get votes for the Democrats.


33 posted on 04/23/2006 6:33:22 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Delicacy, precision, force)
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To: Renegade

C and D cells too.


34 posted on 04/23/2006 6:34:28 AM PDT by krb (ad hominem arguments are for stupid people)
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To: Salo

Yes, I agree. Hmm... I didn't know our state was a perfect place with no pressing problems, did you?


35 posted on 04/23/2006 6:35:01 AM PDT by MissEdie
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To: FightThePower!

Sounds like the Taliban to me! Is Republican Rep. Ralph Davenport a muslim?

It sure sounds like a religious fanatic to me.


36 posted on 04/23/2006 6:40:02 AM PDT by Mister Da (Nuke 'em til they glow!)
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To: Lee'sGhost
Hmmmmm. . . guess that just leaves the rental market.

(((Wheeeew)))) That's disgustapatin.

37 posted on 04/23/2006 6:40:21 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: Crackingham
unbelievable. If there were a company who started a distribution center of sex toy in SC the gov't would give them relocate there.
38 posted on 04/23/2006 6:41:02 AM PDT by Perdogg (entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem)
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To: robertpaulsen
Now, the beauty of federalism is ... you can move to another state if this issue is that important to you!

While I disagree with this law as a general principle because it's heavy-handed nanny-statism, I agree with your comments because I do like the idea of states' rights.

The states should be able to regulate the moral and legal tone that represents the will of the people in those states -- including regulation of abortion, legalization of marijuana, etc.

If we're going to believe in a principle, we need to be consistent.

39 posted on 04/23/2006 6:47:04 AM PDT by Ryan Spock (Former Internet Addict -- Making good progress with help from an online support group)
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To: Crackingham

I suspect the cucumber lobby has a hand in this...


40 posted on 04/23/2006 6:47:52 AM PDT by soupcon
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To: robertpaulsen
Oh, I forgot...

<sarcasm>[insert my post here]</sarcasm>

I guess some folks wouldn't recognize sarcasm if it bit them in the butt.

41 posted on 04/23/2006 6:49:23 AM PDT by upchuck (Wikipedia.com - the most unbelievable web site in the world.)
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To: Crackingham

Does this cover Monica Lewinski dolls?


42 posted on 04/23/2006 6:50:25 AM PDT by ZULU (Non nobis, non nobis, Domine, sed nomini tuo da gloriam. God, guts, and guns made America great.)
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To: Crackingham
sell devices used primarily for sexual stimulation...

Um, um.... it's a neck massager. Yeah, that's what it is.

43 posted on 04/23/2006 6:52:23 AM PDT by Drango (No electrons were harmed in this posting. Several however, were inconvenienced.)
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To: MineralMan
Many bills are proposed. Not all of them pass. Perhaps this will be one of those that do not.

No other legislator has signed on as a co-sponsor, and its passage this year seems unlikely.

44 posted on 04/23/2006 6:53:43 AM PDT by Between the Lines (Be careful how you live your life, it may be the only gospel anyone reads.)
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To: Ryan Spock
"The states should be able to regulate the moral and legal tone that represents the will of the people in those states -- including regulation of abortion, legalization of marijuana, etc."

I feel exactly the same way. I'd also support the repeal of the 14th and 17th amendments, two amendments which have done more to destroy federalism than the Commerce Clause ever will.

That said, bear in mind that the Supremacy Clause does state that federal law trumps state law. If Congress chooses to constitutionally act on an issue, the states are bound by the U.S. Constitution to comply.

45 posted on 04/23/2006 6:56:15 AM PDT by robertpaulsen
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To: Mister Da

That's what I was thinking....I'd hate to be this Davenport guy's wife!!!!!!


46 posted on 04/23/2006 6:56:46 AM PDT by Shimmer128
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To: Taxman
Thus creating a sex toy black market?

Sex toy shops will spring up along the borders of all the neighboring states where they are still legal to sell, just like lottery outlets in Georgia and Tennessee and the low tax cigarrette vendors in NC....

47 posted on 04/23/2006 6:58:10 AM PDT by Thermalseeker
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To: Crackingham
They must be in a wonderful state of affairs down there if something like this is worth the legislature spending its time on. I would never live in such a crazy place.

From now on I'm going to refer to it as South Carolinastan. Next there will be public executions of women who use bad language, and long prison sentences for people who engage in sex out of marriage.
48 posted on 04/23/2006 6:58:24 AM PDT by KoRn
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To: robertpaulsen
"If you don't want them, don't buy them."

Exactly, it's called freedom but I doubt that you can see through your own sarcasm

49 posted on 04/23/2006 6:59:25 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Free Sirhan Sirhan, after all, the bastard who killed Mary Jo Kopechne is walking around free)
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To: Crackingham

Other states that ban the sale of sex toys include Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Texas.

I actually think this bill has more to do with closing down the huge sex shops popping up along the interstates than with anything else.

I find it hard to believe that they would outlaw sex toys and ignore the fact that South Carolina has one of the largest swinger clubs in the south headquartered here in York county.


50 posted on 04/23/2006 7:00:14 AM PDT by Between the Lines (Be careful how you live your life, it may be the only gospel anyone reads.)
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