Ted Cruz has been claiming on the campaign trail that limit the reach of the federal government into people's lives.
Of course this claim is bollox. For instance in 2007, when he was solicitor general of the state of Texas , Cruz participated in
a federal court case in an effort to maintain Texas's ban on the sale of sex toys.
In that case, two sex toy companies sued to render moot the state's ban on the sale of so-called marital aids . The state's ludicrous counterarguments,
penned in part by the office run by Cruz, were that the use of sex toys was akin to hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy , and there is a state interest in discouraging prurient interests in autonomous sex and the
pursuit of sexual gratification unrelated to procreation .
The state -- and Cruz -- further argued that the sale of sex toys in the state of Texas was somehow not an interference with the right to privacy for one's sexual activity as
established by the US supreme court in Lawrence v Texas. In that case the court found that there was no compelling state interest in interfering in the sexual lives of consenting adults, citing the privacy protections of the 14th amendment of the US
Cruz ultimately lost the argument with the Court recognizing that the Lawrence v Texas ruling was not simply a right to engage in the sexual act itself, but instead a right to be free from governmental intrusion regarding the most private human contact, sexual behavior
Update: Ted Cruz sees the light
17th April 2016. See article from
Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has seen the light and says he won't ban the sale of sex toys if he's president, BuzzFeed News reported. This is somewhat at odds with what he said when attempted to ban sex toys and masturbation
when Texas Attorney General. A brief co-authored by Cruz at the time said there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals. He now claims:
What people do in their own private time with
themselves is their own business and it's none of the government's business,
A radio presenter asked Cruz if he would ban the sale of sexual toys, dildos, or anything that sexually stimulates you, Cruz replied:
Look, of course not, it's a ridiculous question, and of course not.