Pleasures, a “one-stop romance shop” that challenged Alabama’s ban on sex toys, has a new, unique claim to fame: It will feature three sex toy drive-thru lanes at its new University Drive location.
Pleasures owner Sherri Williams said the store will be the first such store in the country to sell adult toys through a drive-thru window. Items such as toys, lubes and stimulants will be delivered through the drive-thru drawer in a brown paper bag, according to the store’s news release.
Williams and her store drew national attention during a long legal fight that sought to overturn Alabama’s ban on sex toys on the grounds of a constitutional right to privacy.
The case file went to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007, but the court chose not to hear it, effectively leaving the ban intact. The Alabama Supreme Court last year upheld the ban – part of an anti-obscenity law passed in 1998 – after hearing a case brought by an adult store in Hoover.
Williams said Alabama is the last state in the U.S. to have a sex toy ban. The anti-obscenity law had been sponsored by state Sen. Tom Butler in 1998, but Alabama officials said the sex toy ban was not intentional but the result of borrowing language from other states with similar laws.
But Alabama law also makes an exception to the ban on the sale of items designed for the “stimulation of human genital organs” if the sale was for “a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.”