Law bans anal, oral sex, sex toys

NOTE: Laws mentioned below are not in force in the Philippines. However, the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas has persuasive (not controlling) effect on our courts.

BY VICE: America has long styled itself as the land of the free—but it comes as no surprise that the American South’s commitment to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness hasn’t extended to what goes on in the bedroom. In Bible Belt South Carolina the “abominable crime of buggery”—or anal sex - is punishable with up to five years in prison. In Alabama, oral sex is a no-no—unless the person you're blowing is your husband or wife. And if you're travelling to Channing Tatum's home state remember to pack your favourite vibrator. Unbelievably, the buying and selling sex toys—defined under 1998’s Anti-Obscenity Act as “any device designed or marketed as useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs”—is also illegal in the state.

UPDATES: South Carolina's sodomy laws, which made "buggery" a felony punishable by five years in prison or a $500 fine, were invalidated by the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas.

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