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'Free the Nipple' Organizers React to Lawsuit Against City

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'Free the Nipple' Organizers React to Lawsuit Against City

'Free the Nipple' Organizers React to Lawsuit Against City

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.

-- The city of Springfield's indecent exposure ordinance could soon go before a judge after an opposing group said it violates their 1st and 14th amendment rights.

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'Free the Nipple' Organizers React to Lawsuit Against City

Later tonight.

Jennifer: more local news now... jennifer: the city of springfield's indecent exposure ordinance could soon go before a judge after an opposing group says it violates their first and fourteenth amendment rights.

Our brett martin spoke with the person filing the suit.

He has more on what other organization is backing her efforts....brett?

Brett: jennifer... the person suing the city says the newly adopted ordinance not only takes away their ability to protest but it also creates a double standard for men and women.

Now - what started as a peaceful protest could finish in a courtroom.

Brett martin, reporting: in a complaint against the city - jessica lawson's attorney lays out reasons for on how the city's indecent exposure ordinance goes too far.

Jessica lawson, springfield residents promoting equality: "its 2015, we shouldn't be implementing laws that are gender biased."

Lawson formed the organization free the nipple - springfield residents promoting equality back in august for one goal.

Jessica lawson, springfield residents promoting equality: "its easy to stand up behind other people that are standing, its not easy to stand on your own."

She never thought the rally would turn to a court case but is glad it's getting the proper due diligence.

Jessica lawson, springfield residents promoting equality: "i wish that mayor stephens would have been so angry at the distaste of the law instead of being angry at the distaste of our protest."

Jeffrey mittman from the aclu of missouri is supporting the lawsuit because he says the ordinance violates the first amendment.

Jeffrey mittman, executive director: "government should never be in the business of targeting political speech that it does not like.

Its time for springfield, the state of missouri and our country to treat men and women equally."

Lawson says the restrictions go beyond equality - as a mother of a child not an infant - the breastfeeding restrictions worry her.

Jessica lawson, springfield residents promoting equality: "now when i go to breast feed her in public, i feel like i'm committing a crime."

Mittman says he is pleased with mayor bob stephens realizesthe possible issues with the ordinance.

Jeffrey mittman, executive director: "its long past time where we have seperate rules for men and women."

Lawson hopes the lawsuit will help resolve the issues once and for all.

Jessica lawson, springfield residents promoting equality: "no matter where i'm put in the united states, i will always, i'm a humanitarian, i definitely believe that everybody should have equal rights."

Brett: we reached out to the city - a spokesperson says they have been served the lawsuit but can not comment




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