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Gay Alabamans Cannot Marry Or Buy Sex Toys From This Drive-Thru (Without a Bona Fide Medical Need)

The great State Of Alabama, which joined the union in 1819 as the 22nd state, prohibits homosexuals from marrying thanks to the 2006 Alabama Sanctity of Marriage Amendment, where 81 percent of voters approved a constitutional amendment banning both gay marriage and civil unions, including those performed in other states. You see, according to the amendment, “this state has a special interest in encouraging, supporting, and protecting this unique relationship in order to promote, among other goals, the stability and welfare of society and its children.” So how to explain Alabama becoming the first state in the country to offer a sex toy drive-thru?

The new shop Pleasures will be home to three drive-thru windows offering butt plugs, oversized dildos, and plenty of lube to drivers — despite a state ban on sex toys, a measure supposedly intended to crack down on obscenity, and a law upheld by the State Supreme Court. (The U.S. Supreme Court in 2007 declined to hear the case, leaving the ban in place. Alabama is the only state with a ban on sex toys still on the books.)

So how is Pleasures, which filed the legal challenge to the state law, getting around the law? By using a loophole, the Huntsville Times reports, that allows the sale of items for “stimulation of human genital organs” if it’s for “a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.” Which means shoppers must fill out a medical questionnaire outlining their health-related need for a cock ring.

Anything for science. Or education!