BDSM and The Law
An excerpt from Kentucky state legislation: "No female shall
appear in a bathing suit on any highway within this state unless she
be escorted by at least two officers or unless she be armed with a
Kentucky and Idaho limit condom sales to medical
practitioners and licensed pharmacists, but their license to sell the items may
not be hung on a wall where it can be seen by customers.
Sex is defined as :
used in this chapter:
"Distribute" means to transfer possession of, whether with or without
"Matter" means any book, magazine, newspaper, or other printed or
any picture, drawing, photograph, motion picture, or other pictorial
or any statue or other figure, or any recording transcription or
chemical or electrical reproduction or any other articles, equipment,
To the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the
appeal of the matter, taken as a whole, is to prurient interest in
The matter depicts or describes the sexual conduct in a patently offensive way;
The matter, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or
If you live in Kentucky ask your Legislator
to change these laws
KRS 231.110 Conduct prohibited in places of entertainment
"... persons of lewd or lascivious reputation to congregate in or
about the premises...people to congregate there for immoral or unlawful purposes
or to permit any man or woman who are not married to each other to occupy any
cabin, cottage, or secreted room or place from which the view of the public is
KRS 232.00 Nudist societies
"Each licensed nudist society shall be subject to reasonable inspection by
the sheriff...shall have the right to go upon private property and gain access
to the buildings or inclosures..." The owner... shall keep a register of
names and addresses of members of the society...available for inspection by
KRS 233.00 Abatement of houses of prostitution
"...house of prostitution means any building, erection or other place used
for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution...are declared a
nuisance, and shall be enjoined and abated."
KRS 402.005 Marriage
"...refers only to the civil status, condition, or relation of one (1) man
and one (1) woman..."
KRS 402.020 Other prohibited marriages
"Marriage is prohibited and void... between members of the same
KRS 402.045 Same-sex marriage in another jurisdiction void and
"A marriage between members of the same sex which occurs in another
jurisdiction shall be void in Kentucky. Any rights granted by virtue of the
marriage, or its termination, shall be unenforceable in Kentucky courts."
KRS 510.100 Sodomy
"...deviate sexual intercourse with a person of the same sex." is a
class A misdemeanor.
KRS 530.010 Bigamy
Marrying "...another person knowing he has a husband or wife or knowing the
other person has a husband or wife" is a class D felony.
KRS 531.010 Obscenity
Obscene matter is defined, "to the average person, applying contemporary
community standards, the predominant appeal of the matter, taken as a whole, is
to prurient interest in sexual conduct; and the matter depicts or describes the
sexual conduct in a patently offensive way; and the matter, taken as a whole,
lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value."
Distribution of obscene matter is a class B or A misdemeanor.
531.020 Distribution of obscene matter.
(1) A person is guilty of distribution of obscene matter when, having
knowledge of its
content and character, he:
(a) Sends or causes to be sent into this state for sale or distribution;
(b) Brings or causes to be brought into this state for sale or
(c) In this state, he:
1. Prepares, or
2. Publishes, or
3. Prints, or
4. Exhibits, or
5. Distributes, or
6. Offers to distribute, or
7. Has in his possession with intent to distribute, exhibit or offer to
any obscene matter.
( 2) Distribution of obscene matter is a Class B misdemeanor unless the
defendant has in
his possession more than one unit of material coming within the
provisions of this
chapter, in which case it shall be a Class A misdemeanor.