Tales Of Naked Twisters


AP Texas News

Dec. 12, 2007, 5:57PM
Suburban swinger’s club sues city over sex club ordinance

By PAUL J. WEBER Associated Press Writer
© 2007 The Associated Press

DALLAS — Swingers whose sex parties in a suburban home were outlawed by city leaders filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging a new sex club ordinance is an unconstitutional check on “the most private of human conduct.”

In response, city of Duncanville officials said they would continue with actions aimed at shuttering “The Cherry Pit” — also known to neighbors as Jim Trulock’s ordinary, usually quiet home in this Dallas suburb.

“We will continue to enforce the ordinances,” city spokeswoman Tonya Lewis said.

The lawsuit comes one month after the city, by a unanimous council vote, enacted a sex club ban created solely to stop the popular swinger parties at Trulock’s split-level house on Friday and Saturday nights.

City officials said the ordinance was in response to years of neighbor complaints about the traffic and noise generated by the parties, which attract upward of 100 guests and feature themes like “Naked Twister” nights.

But attorneys for The Cherry Pit and its regulars call the ban a veiled attempt to police their lifestyle.

The city had “no constitutionally acceptable reason” to enact the ban, according to the lawsuit. The suit also alleges the ordinance to be so vague that a husband wanting to have sex with his wife could face prosecution.

Attorneys for The Cherry Pit said their case, in part, is backed by the 2003 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas, which upheld sexual privacy protections in striking down sodomy as a crime in the state.

“It’s the backbone for what we’re going to be doing,” attorney Ed Klein said.

Dallas County Judge King Fifer on Wednesday denied Trulock’s request for a temporary restraining order to prohibit the city from enforcing the ordinance. The city has already cited Trulock for violations that carry a maximum fine of $2,000 each.

Duncanville City Attorney Robert Hager said the city would respond specifically to the lawsuit in court.

Duncanville, which proclaims itself “The Perfect Blend of Family, Community and Business,” is an unlikely venue for a neighborhood swinger club. The city of 36,000 just southwest of Dallas has about 50 places of worship and not a single registered sexually oriented business.

Other cities have wrestled with the same issue.

Phoenix, for example, prohibited live sexual performances in 1998, effectively outlawing swinger parties. An appeals court upheld the law in 2003, and Duncanville used it as a blueprint when passing a ban last month.

~ by gorightly on December 13, 2007.

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