Federal ruling allows women to legally go topless in six states, including Kansas

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Women in six states, including Kansas, are now effectively allowed to be topless in public, according to a new ruling by the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Washington Times reports the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down topless ban in a Fort Collins, Colorado. The court's decision makes it legal for women to go topless in states that fall under the 10th Circuit.

Those states are Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

Brit Hoagland and Samantha Six sued the City of Fort Collins over its law as part of the #FreeTheNipple movement, calling it an attack on gender inequality.

Fort Collins has opted to not appeal the case to the Supreme Court.

“I think the council as they articulated in their 4-3 vote, really just thought as a matter of priority, no guarantee of success or that the Supreme Court would even take it up, that the money was just better spent on other city priorities,” Fort Collins Deputy Director of Information Tyler Marr said.

But it's not set in stone. The 10th Circuit ruling opposes a 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in 2017, which upheld Chicago’s topless ban and made women going topless illegal in Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois.

Wichita police and the City of Wichita Law Department could not yet say whether local ordinances are affected. See Wichita city ordinances here.

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