Supreme Court Won't 'Free the Nipple' In Topless Women Case

Written by on January 14, 2020

WASHINGTON (Reuters) ―The Supreme Court docket on Monday determined to not “Free the Nipple,” refusing to listen to an enchantment by three girls fined by a metropolis in New Hampshire for exposing their breasts in public who argued that banning feminine however not male toplessness violates the U.S. Structure.

The justices left in place a 2019 ruling by New Hampshire’s prime court docket upholding the ladies’s convictions for violating an ordinance within the metropolis of Laconia that makes it unlawful to point out feminine breasts in public “with lower than a completely opaque masking of any a part of the nipple.”

The ladies ― Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro ― had been concerned within the “Free the Nipple” motion, which court docket papers described as campaigns in opposition to “sexualized objectification of girls” and in favor of girls with the ability to go topless in public if they want.

Pierro was arrested on a seashore on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Might 2016 the place she was performing yoga whereas topless. Lilley and Sinclair had been each arrested days later whereas topless on one other seashore the place they had been protesting Pierro’s arrest.

The three girls got suspended fines of $100 every, on situation of subsequent good habits.

Among the many authorized arguments made by the ladies is that any legislation that punishes girls for exposing their breasts whereas permitting males to go shirtless violates the Structure’s 14th Modification, which requires that legal guidelines be utilized equally to everybody.

The New Hampshire Supreme Court docket dominated that the ordinance didn’t discriminate in opposition to girls, noting that it bars nudity of each women and men. The completely different definition of what constitutes nudity is predicated on “the standard understanding of what constitutes nudity,” that court docket concluded.

Laconia is situated about 25 miles north of Harmony, the capital of New Hampshire.


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