New York May Soon Overturn “Blue Laws” Forbidding Alcohol Sales on Sunday Mornings April 18, 2016

New York May Soon Overturn “Blue Laws” Forbidding Alcohol Sales on Sunday Mornings

A lot of you are familiar with “Blue laws,” which prohibit certain kinds of activities but only on certain days. For example, in some cities, vendors can’t sell alcohol… on Sundays. Because Jesus.

At least in New York, that may be on the verge of changing. A new law would allow restaurants and bars to serve alcohol beginning at 8:00a on Sundays instead of noon as the current law allows.


Who’s drinking alcohol at 8:00a on a Sunday? Who cares. It’s irrelevant. If it’s legal to sell it, there’s no reason a prohibition needs to be in place for a few hours while some people are in church.

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan, one of the co-sponsors of the bill, said it perfectly:

“Whether it is the separation of church and state, we should not be imposing one religion’s Sabbath day upon everybody else,” he said at a press conference held Sunday morning at the Left Bank restaurant, “or if it’s the simple fact that we should treat adults like adults, and not like children.

Perfect. Let adults make their own decisions. These restrictions never made sense in the first place.

The bill hasn’t been passed by the legislature or signed by the governor, but hopefully, there will be enough pressure to make it happen.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Brian for the link)

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