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    FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A federal judge in Denver blocked the Fort Collins ban on female toplessness Wednesday.

    U.S. District Judge R. Brooke Jackson wrote the ordinance — which mandates women will not knowingly expose their breasts in public — is rooted in discrimination against women.

    "Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype engrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not," Jackson wrote.

    Jackson granted the plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction and said it's likely to succeed at a permanent injunction. He wrote that he would likely find the ordinance unconstitutional when the case goes to trial.

    He criticized city lawyers' chief arguments that the law maintains public order and protects children. He cited testimony by Fort Collins Police Services assistant chief Jerry Schiager, who told the court that topless women would cause distracted driving and traffic issues, which Jackson said "amounts to little more than speculation."

    Jackson also criticized the city's inability to provide "meaningful evidence" to support its argument that the sight of a female breast endangers children.

    City attorney Carrie Daggett issued a statement Wednesday, in which she said the city would no longer cite women for exposing their breast in public, pending a final decision in the case.

    "While the judge has acknowledged the other cases upholding similar laws, he concluded he is likely to find the city’s restriction on female toplessness in public is based on an impermissible gender stereotype that results in a form of gender-based discrimination," she wrote. "The city is reviewing the judge's decision in this case and city legal, policy and enforcement staff will be considering the city’s options for next steps in light of the order."

    Plaintiff Brit Hoagland said the preliminary injunction is a "historic victory."

    Hoagland said the fight over the topless ban was not as important as the fight over the right to vote or other current social justice issues but that the injunction granted privileges to women that men had all along.

    "It’s a huge relief," Hoagland said. "It is definitely a big win."

    Jackson cited evidence including testimony by the chair of Colorado College's psychology department that sexual objectification of the female breast contributes to higher rates of sexual assault and violence as factors in his decision.

    "The naked female breast is seen as disorderly or dangerous because society, from Renaissance paintings to Victoria’s Secret commercials, has conflated female breasts with genitalia and stereotyped them as such," Jackson wrote.

    The complaint, filed in May 2016, alleges the city of Fort Collins violated the free speech clause in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment. The local effort by Free the Nipple supporters is part of an international movement to end bans on females being topless in public.

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    From 1864 to 1867 Camp Collins ( washed away in a flood ) and then Fort Collins ( a tent city with no walls ) was home of the 11th Ohio Cavalry who were the lucky guys selected to guard the new overland mail route . Forty troopers in the 11th were recruited from a Confederate POW camp . These poor men would be opposed to the anti titty ordinance and the fact that the place was dry from the 1890's to 1960's .

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    ya it's never the women you wanna see topless though

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    Pics or it didn't happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleaner44 View Post
    Pics or it didn't happen.
    Are you sure?

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    "Thus, it perpetuates a stereotype engrained in our society that female breasts are primarily objects of sexual desire whereas male breasts are not," Jackson wrote.
    Damn right, my breasts are sexy too
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTexan View Post
    Damn right, my breasts are sexy too
    I'm told everything is bigger in Texas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    I'm told everything is bigger in Texas.
    Man boobs included.

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    We should thank the good Judge for his courage.

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    Hoagland said the fight over the topless ban was not as important as the fight over the right to vote or other current social justice issues but that the injunction granted privileges to women that men had all along.
    Et tu, Brute?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaseyJones View Post
    ya it's never the women you wanna see topless though
    I'll be the judge of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cleaner44 View Post
    Pics or it didn't happen.
    High resolution close up pics or it didn't happen.






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