Lawmakers proposed the legislation after after two women were arrested for going topless on a beach in Gilford, New Hampshire, while participating in a "Free the Nipple" protest. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. They said they were trying to protect families and children. The city is appealing. Thanks for signing up!
Experts had warned House lawmakers that banning toplessness -- arguably a form of protest -- could open the state up to huge legal fees.
New Hampshire Votes To Keep The Nipple Free
The New Hampshire ACLU chapter also testified, according to the Associated Pressclaiming that violating the proposed anti-nudity law could be considered protected political speech. The charges were thrown out by a judge who said the state had no anti-nudity laws, leading conservative lawmakers to push a ban on toplessness over concerns it could tank the tourism industry and lead to widespread impropriety. Go to mobile site. The measure failed but not before an ugly online dispute in which several male legislators were criticized for sexist remarks, including one who suggested men should be allowed to grab the breast of topless women. New Hampshire has officially voted down a bill that would have made it illegal for women to show their breasts in public. Some beachgoers complained and a police officer asked them to cover up.