Another crisis averted: Bay State now bans upskirt video, photography

Another crisis averted: Bay State now bans upskirt video, photography

[Ed. – But will it survive challenges in court?  And who, exactly, will mount those challenges?  Hours of fun for the whole family…]

Massachusetts lawmakers approved a bill Thursday to ban those who secretly take ‘upskirt’ photographs of women or children in public.

The bill comes one day after the state Supreme Court ruled that a man who took cellphone photos up the skirts of female passengers riding the Boston subway didn’t violate state law, because the women were clothed. [Ed. – see post by our own Howard Portnoy.]

“It is sexual harassment. It’s an assault on another person whether it’s a child or an adult,” Senate President Therese Murray said moments after the Senate unanimously approved the bill. “Woman and children should be able to go to public places without feeling that they are not protected by the law.” …

Some Massachusetts residents said they were shocked by the ruling, while others understood the legal gray area.

“It’s like sexual harassment,” Burton Morris, 27, of Hyannis, told CapeCodOnline.com. “Looking up a skirt is sexual harassment.”

Jason Nitti, of Harwich, disagreed, saying he realized it presented a “conundrum” if read closely.

“It’s odd because you’re in a public area,” Nitti told the newspaper. “Sometimes law and morality don’t coexist.”

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