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Sand Springs ordinance outlaws being topless in public, regardless of gender

Posted at 4:18 PM, Oct 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-09 17:18:27-04

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. — The City Council of Sand Springs released an emergency ordinance Wednesday that outlaws the act of being topless in public regardless of their gender.

"With this action, Sand Springs has eliminated a part of our ordinance that may have been discriminatory, and makes our position consistent with other communities across our state and around the country," said Chief of Police Mike Carter. "This ordinance protects our community standards and values, while also respecting the 14th amendment rights of all people and the jurisdiction of the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals."

Officials say the ordinance does not apply to children 10 and under, women who are breastfeeding a child or those involved in a medical emergency.

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