Fort Collins law against women going topless “likely” unconstitutional, judge says

Colorado town’s ban on topless women put on hold by judge

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Kristen Wyatt, Associated Press

A Colorado judge has put on hold a college town’s law against women going topless.

U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson said Tuesday that he is “likely” to find Fort Collins’ ordinance unconstitutional.

Fort Collins’ indecency code makes it a crime for women but not men to show their nipples.

The Fort Collins City Council voted unanimously in 2015 to keep a law that prohibits the display of female breasts, rejecting a growing movement to remove gender-specific indecency codes. Two women sued to challenge the law.

The hometown of Colorado State University did make an exception for nursing mothers. But otherwise it is a $250 fine for a woman over the age of 10 in Fort Collins to display her breast “below the top of the nipple.”