Supreme Court is leaving in place the public nudity convictions of three women who removed their bathing suit tops on a New Hampshire beach as part of a global campaign advocating for the rights of women to go topless. Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are part of the Free the Nipple campaign, a global effort advocating for the rights of women to go topless. They were arrested in after removing their tops at a beach in Laconia and refusing to put them on when beachgoers complained. Pierro was doing yoga, while the two others were sunbathing. Dan Hynes, who represented the women, said he was disappointed. New Hampshire is just one of several places around the country where topless bans have been litigated. Supporters celebrated in February when the 10th U. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling blocking a Fort Collins, Colorado, law against women going topless in public.
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For years, women across the country have rebelled against indecent exposure laws by appearing topless in public and willfully risking arrest. In a loss for the activists, the New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday upheld the convictions of three women who were arrested for going topless on a beach in In the 3-to-2 ruling, the court decided that a city ordinance in Laconia, N. That logic is precisely what the women from New Hampshire were seeking to undermine when they showed up topless at a beach three years ago. A few police officers approached Ms. The officers asked her multiple times to put on a shirt or bathing suit top, the court decision said, but she refused. Three days later, Ms. Lilley and Kia Sinclair also went topless to a beach.
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Each year since , a group of women who are advocates for the Free the Nipple movement have gathered on the beach to remind people that women in New Hampshire have the right to go topless. While they have met with some resistance, a leader of the movement, Dover resident Maggie Fisher, said they are making headway and most of the time now they get to sit quietly and swim, sunbathe, read, paint and play games. Now it is just open to anyone.
The high court is deciding whether to accept the appeal of three women who were convicted of public nudity at Weirs Beach in Laconia in Part of a campaign advocating for the rights of women to go topless, Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro argue the city's ordinance discriminates on the basis of gender and that the Supreme Court should step in to settle disagreements on the issue that have arisen elsewhere. The court asked the state to respond in September. In its filing this week, the state said there has been no meaningful disagreement. Nearly every state high court and federal appeals court has upheld similar ordinances, it said. And the only federal appeals court that ruled to the contrary involved reviewing a preliminary injunction, not the merits of the law. For example, the state's revenge pornography law makes it illegal to distribute private sexual images that show female breasts or other intimate parts.