Court Strikes Down Law Banning Women From Going Topless In Public

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals said Fort Collins, Colorado's topless ban was discriminatory and struck it down.

Salt Lake, UT – Thanks to a lawsuit filed by two women in Colorado, women in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, News Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma can go topless.

Fort Collins spent $300,000 in legal fees defending their topless ban before the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck it down on Sept. 20, FOX News reported.

The city said it has decided not to appeal the court’s ruling and as a result, topless bans in the six states under the court’s jurisdiction are no longer enforceable, KUTV reported.

Brit Hoagland and Samantha Six brought the lawsuit as part of the social media movement #FreeTheNipple.

“Addressing small parts of inequality can make a big difference in how people are treated on a day to day basis, and I thought free the nipple was just one small step closer to how it should be,” Hoagland told KGUN.

The women’s attorney, Andy McNulty, called the ban an attack on equal rights.

“Any law that says, ‘Women are prohibited from,’ is unconstitutional and really just intolerable in a society that should treat women as equal to men,” McNulty told KGUN. “They had been advocating for a while, trying to get the Fort Collins City Council to get rid of a female topless ban in Fort Collins. They’d been unsuccessful, and they wanted to see if we would be willing to represent them in a legal challenge to that ordinance.”

Hoagland said she was pleased with the breadth of the court’s ruling.

“We made a huge impact way beyond Fort Collins, and we were just trying to start a conversation,” Hoagland told KGUN. “And that conversation reached to so many more people. It’s a miraculous achievement I didn’t think I would see in my lifetime let alone so soon.”

Despite the ruling in Hoagland and Six’s favor, the issue is far from settled, KUTV reported.

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, which has jurisdiction over Wisconsin, Indiana, Chicago, and some other parts of Illinois, upheld Chicago's topless ban for women in 2017.

KUTV pointed out that means there are currently two very different rulings by two federal courts on the same level, and that discordance will have to be addressed at a higher judicial level.

Comments (42)
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Vinny6922
Vinny6922

Traveling around the world I was privy to topples women on beaches and the street. It was a normal experience for me and never once did I perv over them.

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

We may as well free the penis and vagina while we're at it and just be done with it.

RB2207
RB2207

Women have been allowed to walk around topless in all of Canada since the 90s. It's not a big deal, and nobody cares.

LEO0301
LEO0301

It's about time!

Southerngirl13
Southerngirl13

I for one do not want to see men or women walking around topless. Keep the boobs covered!

Manlius
Manlius

BLUE FOOTED BOOBIES!!! HAHAHAHA!!! Laughed so hard I almost hyperventilated!!

Manlius
Manlius

I can hear the voice of Marlin Perkins saying “While I was observing the pair of exquisite Blue Footed Boobies, Jim was admiring all of the beautiful topless women on the beach!”

Windago
Windago

I will never understand why people like free the nipple champagnes fight to have laws strike down and never act on what they fought for. I.e. A women in Windsor Canada walked around topless for a summer or two contesting the topless law and was charged. Went to court and she won. Never heard about her going topless again.

Sargejh
Sargejh

Yes!😃

Sgt BB
Sgt BB

I've been trying to keep abreast of this story.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

What a GREAT example for our young. These judges should be removed from the court for Decency sake. What if a "Budding" 16 yr old did this and she was YOUR DAUGHTER.

Mo_
Mo_

Good grief, people wasting court time / resources just for the "right" to be pigs.

Propolice
Propolice

I’m so afraid to ask “What’s next”?😞

Storm45
Storm45

It will occasionally be a beautiful day. Other days, you might want to skip lunch.

sturnman22
sturnman22

Another case of "Tit for Tat"!

Musicray
Musicray

Works for me!! Ban the prudes!

JDBNYC
JDBNYC

The Hooters have been freed!

CinGuz
CinGuz

OK ladies, don't be offended when men stare at your boobs, make comments, or "accidentally" rub up against you. You got what you asked for so don't bitch.

junkmansj
junkmansj

I like the Photo!

Buffrat
Buffrat

Am I to assume that this attorney and the Court of Appeals has no problem with males dropping trou and walking around with our Johnson's in plain view?

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

Sodom and Gomorrah 2.0. Many people these days have no morals or modesty. 2 Peter 3:3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires (NIV).

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Why are most of you acting like you've never seen bare breasts before? Have you ever been to a European beach? Grow up.

Asher21
Asher21

A nipple is a nipple, is a nipple and a nipple. Guys are never looked at in a negative way for strolling around topless. The only reason this seems to offend some is that it is a woman's way of feeding their baby. Also, there are many males who focus on female breasts as a source of sexual enhancement. People! Grow up and appreciate why females have breasts and how they tend and care for your newborn son or daughter.

goodgentnsc
goodgentnsc

Hey im for it if they are dumb enough for it lol HEY men go pay alot of money at strip clubs, i don't because im to old for wasting my money but now if it's on the streets you're DARN right im going to be staring lol and hope one come up and slaps me for looking so i can have them locked up for assault lol

DSmith2018
DSmith2018

And women want to be taken seriously?? Lol!! Women and men are DIFFERENT! ACCEPT IT!!

DR226
DR226

Nice pair of boobies on the cover page... and to those who don't like it, don't look!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Don’t look at my chest look at my face! Lmfao.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Frankly, there are many men I don’t want to see topless but since it’s ok for men...“what’s good for the goose...”

Chief Deputy
Chief Deputy

I can see many many assault cases being filed especially by intoxicated men. You show em I feel them. She wanted me to touch them or she wouldn't be exposed. I can hear it now. World has gone to crap

Deputy-Dog
Deputy-Dog

Not much difference between humans and dogs. Only morality.