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Female Nipple Ban Beats Equal Protection Challenge

May 6, 2019, 4:26 PM

A Missouri city didn’t violate the Constitution’s equal protection clause by barring women but not men from going topless in public.

The indecent exposure law adopted by Springfield, Mo.—which prohibits only women from exposing their nipples in public—is virtually identical to others that have gotten the okay from courts across the country, a federal appeals court ruled May 6. The ordinance contains exceptions for breastfeeding and strip clubs.

Until the U.S. Supreme Court says otherwise, those rulings remain good law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit said. A federal appellate panel can’t simply overturn the ruling of...

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