A Georgia woman is suing the city of Sandy Springs over an ordinance that prohibits the buying of sex toys without a prescription or medical purpose.
Melissa Davenport says sex toys saved her marriage of 24 years after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She says the illness ruined her sex life, attacking her central nervous system.
“The nerve pathways interfered (with) going to my intimate areas, to the point where I had no feeling,” Davenport told WSBTV.
But no doctor would prescribe her a sex toy.
The city ordinance requires customers buying a sexual device to have a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose.
"The ordinance basically says the government can stick its nose in your bedroom and say you can use this but not that,” said Davenport’s attorney, Gerry Weber.
Weber argues the ordinance violated the right to due process, which provides a right to privacy.
“People have the right to decide for themselves whether these devices help their intimate life, and the government has no business being the bedroom and second guessing that decision,” Weber said.
“(Some people) have this dirty mind about how people are going to use it. People really do need devices because they need it for health reasons and to have a healthy intimate life with their spouse,” Davenport said.
"Sexual response, including arousal and orgasm, can be directly affected" by MS, says the lawsuit.
Davenport says she's not seeking any money in the suit, she just wants the a judge to find the ordinance unconstitutional.
A second plaintiff in the lawsuit, Marshall Henry, is an artist who uses sexual devices in his work. He says the ordinance has caused his work to suffer.