Maryland court rules that bans on topless women are constitutional

Maryland court rules that bans on topless women are constitutional
GoTopless Day New York 2016: The guys with camera may be interested in this woman’s right, but they seem just as interested in her left. (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – Not everyone is focused on COVID-19. Some people have other ‘more important’ fish to fry.]

Back in 2017, Ocean City, Maryland passed an ordinance prohibiting women from going topless on the city’s beaches. The following year, five women went to court, challenging the constitutionality of the ban and declared that they planned to go topless on the beaches in protest. Several of them were arrested.

The court case has dragged on since then, but this week a federal judge ruled that the ban was constitutional. Boy oh boy… I can’t wait for John Roberts to sink his teeth into this titillating case. (Sorry. Not sorry.) But at least for now, any women who choose to defy the stay at home orders and go to the beach will need to cover up or face paying a fine. But as I’ll discuss below, the rationale offered by the judge raises more questions than it answers in the current national climate. …

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