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There’s something you need to know about this presidential candidate…

If you’ve been following the 2016 election race, you’ll know Republican Ted Cruz has been hailed a frontrunner for presidency behind controversial candidate, Donald Trump. And in true conservative Republican style, Cruz has never been backwards about coming forwards about the fact he’s strongly opposed to abortion and gay marriage.

But what the senator has been less forthcoming about, is the instrumental role he played in a 2007 case against Texan sex toy retailers to stop the sale and promotion of allegedly “obscene devices” such as dildos, artificial vaginas and vibrators.

At the time, Texas was one of only four conservative US states – including Mississippi, Alabama, and Virginia – that had a ban on devices designed “primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs”, however two major retailers took the law to court, arguing it was in direct violation of several constitutional rights, including a First Amendment right to free speech in marketing such products, and a Fourteenth Amendment right to privacy.

The retailers highlighted the fact that sex toys are often a necessary part of facilitating intimate relationships, particularly between couples where one partner might not be physically able to engage in intercourse or have a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV.

The case was originally thrown out by a judge, but the retailers appealed, initiating a courtroom battle against the Texas Attorney General and his team, which included then-solicitor general Cruz.

Cruz’s team’s argument focused on the idea that in order to protect “public morals,” Texas had “police-power interests” in “discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification, combating the commercial sale of sex, and protecting minors.”

The presidential candidate’s team further decreed that, “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”

However, despite the state’s lengthy and fervent argument, the court of appeals sided with the retailers.

“It is about controlling what people do in the privacy of their own homes because the state is morally opposed to a certain type of consensual private intimate contact,” the judge found.

“Whatever one might think or believe about the use of these devices, government interference with their personal and private use violates the constitution.”

Since news of the case has reemerged, Cruz’s former college roommate, Craig Mazin, has added his opinion on the matter to Twitter, comically tweeting that if Senator Cruz indeed believed people shouldn’t have a right to stimulate their genitals, “this would be a new belief of his”.

And while it’s difficult to ignore the inherent humor in the scenario of Cruz as the would-be face of an anti-dildo movement, the Republican candidate’s involvement in the state’s battle against sex toy retailers is a serious reminder of the consequences of allowing male-dominated governments to police society’s bodies under the guise of moral public interest.

Though Cruz and his team later took the motion for a hearing from the full court of appeals, the state soon after opted to drop the case and not appeal to the Supreme Court, which meant the government could no longer prevent the sale of sex-related devices in Texas; something many Lone Star State citizens are surely thankful for today.

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