A Fort Collins ordinance that bars women from exposing their breasts in public is sexist, violates the Constitution and is rooted in outdated puritanical values and discrimination, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Denver.
Free the Nipple, an association of Colorado residents who advocate for gender equality, the group’s founder Brittiany Hoagland and Samantha Six, a group member, filed the 12-page lawsuit.
Hoagland and Six appeared at a news conference to announce the litigation dressed in T-shirts bearing an image of a pair of breasts stripped across their chests.
“We do have the complaint and we are in the process of reviewing it,” said Carrie Daggett, Fort Collins’ city attorney. She had no further comment.