Sunday Morning Alcohol Sales

A state senator in Michigan proposes lifting the state's prohibition against Sunday morning alcohol sales. Sen. Gilda Jacobs' bill would permit the sale of alcoholic beverages between 7 am and 12 pm on Sundays.

Sen. Jacobs observes that "it's OK to drink Saturday morning and go to the store but not OK on Sunday morning?

Sunday is now the second busiest shopping day of the week and the issue has become one customer choice and convenience in addition to the separation of church and state. Sunday Blue Laws were established in order to use governmental police power to help enforce compliance with religious doctrine. That is increasingly seen as inappropriate in a multi-cultural society in which many religions have a different Sabbath.

 

Reference:

  • Senator proposes lifting ban on Sunday morning alcohol sales. Detroit Free Press, May 3, 2005; Alcohol sales: Beyond demon rum. Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 11,2005.

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