Iowa's inalienable right to porch drinking
The breeze was just cool enough and the sun was just high enough Friday evening to enjoy one of my favorite activities: porch drinking.
Ah, the porch: the closest you can get to being home without being inside and the absolute best place to unwind after a week’s worth of hard work.
I’ve always thought cracking a cold one on your front stoop was an inalienable right. But recently I came across some lower court decisions that viewed my favorite alcoholic pass time as illegal in the Hawkeye State.
Patience Paye, a Waterloo woman, was arrested for public intoxication after being found — you guessed it — drunk on her porch in 2013. She appealed her conviction all the way up to the Iowa Supreme Court and in June, the court ruled in her favor.
The case came down to whether Paye’s front porch was a public place or a private residence, the court said.
“Patience Paye asserts the front stairs of her residence were not a public place because she had not extended a general invitation to the public and could impede any person’s access to them,” The decision stated. “The State contends any modicum of public access, even if partially circumscribed, suffices to make a place public … We agree with Paye.”
Well, so do I!
So crack a cold one this weekend and indulge in your inalienable right to imbibe outside.
After all, the temperature is just perfect for some porch drinking.