Yep, They DO Deserve An Award

Lawrence v. Texas is one of the very best things to have come out of the Bush era

Dr. Marty Klein, in the latest issue of his blog, Sexual intelligence , gives a shout-out to the crew that won the Reliable Consultants case in Texas:

"Reliable Consultants

"Douglas Richards and his company Reliable Consultants had the courage to file suit against the State of Texas, challenging their Sexual Device Ban.

"And they won , as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit sustained their challenge, taking the opportunity to say that the goal of "protecting children" couldn't possibly be served by the Texas law. Even more eloquently, the court said the Texas law is "about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the State is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate conduct. This is an insufficient justification for the statute."

"We also applaud Reliable's attorneys, Jennifer Kinsley and Lou Sirkin of Cincinnati, who generously and intelligently pour their hearts into every First Amendment and free expression case they handle, as well as philanthropist Phil Harvey , who joined the Reliable case as a co-defendant."

But if I can just add, one of the main reasons to applaud Jennifer and Lou is that they won the case squarely by arguing the applicability of Lawrence v. Texas to the issue of whether people in Texas (and, ultimately, the entire Fifth Circuit) had the right to pleasure themselves in the privacy of their own homes, and the right to purchase devices to help with that pleasuring. To date, Reliable is the biggest win we've seen that relied on Lawrence, and since the State decided not to appeal it to the Supreme Court, the applicability of Lawrenceto sexual freedom in the Fifth Circuit is now firmly established.

So extra kudos to Lou and Jennifer!



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