Colorado News Roundup: Women file suit challenging Fort Collins’ topless ban (05.31.16)
May 31, 2016
Here's what's going on around Colorado:
WOMEN SUE CITY OVER TOPLESS BAN, CALLING IT DISCRIMINATORY
DENVER — A growing movement to remove laws against women going topless is headed to court in Colorado.
A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday challenges Fort Collins' indecency code, which makes it a crime for women but not men to show their nipples.
The Fort Collins City Council voted unanimously last year to keep a law that prohibits the display of female breasts, rejecting a growing movement to remove gender-specific indecency codes.
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The hometown of Colorado State University did make an exception for nursing mothers. But otherwise, it remains a $250 fine for a woman over the age of 10 to display her breast "below the top of the nipple."
Two women suing Fort Collins say the law is sexist.
"Hey, my body is not indecent if his is not indecent," said Brittiany Hoagland.
She and fellow plaintiff Samantha Six seek an injunction against the law.
"If a man is allowed to do it, so should I," Six said of going topless.
Fort Collins spokesman David Young said in an email that the city is "evaluating its response" to the lawsuit and has no further comment.
Other Colorado cities, including Boulder, Denver and Vail, have removed gender-specific language in their indecency codes. Indecency codes are largely local, with very few states having laws on the books banning the exposure of female breasts.
A federal judge in Chicago recently ruled against a woman challenging that city's law against women displaying nipples. The woman fought a $150 fine tor participating in a 2014 "Go Topless Day" protest near Lake Michigan.
Gender-specific indecency laws have gotten increased attention in recent years. A 2014 film "Free The Nipple" explored the topic, and celebrities including Rihanna and Miley Cyrus have clashed with social media sites for censoring photos showing their nipples, while not removing photos of topless men.
ROYAL GORGE RAILROAD TO RESUME SERVICE AFTER CONDUCTOR DEATH
CANON CITY, Colo. — The scenic railroad through Colorado's Royal Gorge will begin running again Wednesday following the death of one of its conductors.
Twenty-eight-year-old Leslie Cacy was killed Saturday evening after she fell off the train and was run over. She was riding in the rear of the train as it was backing up to return to the station after traveling into the Royal Gorge. No foul play is suspected.
Train service was suspended after her death. On Tuesday the Royal Gorge Route Railroad said their team has decided they would like to get back to work as the investigation into what went wrong continues.
The Royal Gorge is about 10 miles long, with the Arkansas River running through it and the railroad running along its banks.
TORNADO DESTROYS BARN, RIPS DOOR OFF HOME IN LOGAN COUNTY
PEETZ, Colo. — Authorities say a tornado that touched down in Logan County destroyed a barn and ripped the front door of a home.
The National Weather Service says the tornado was on the ground for about 13 minutes Monday afternoon near Peetz not far from the Nebraska border.
The Logan County Sheriff's Office says power poles in the area were also damaged, knocking out power. No injuries were reported.
— The Associated Press