'Free the Nipple' supporters file motion to dismiss topless Weirs Beach case
LACONIA — Judge Jim Caroll will have to decide if women can remain arrest-free after freeing their nipples at Weirs Beach in Laconia.
Heidi Lilley of Gilford and two of the members/supporters of the Free the Nipple movement, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro appeared topless at Weirs Beach over Memorial Day weekend in 2016. The three women were cited after receiving complaints, police told the Laconia Daily Sun.
Last week the women filed a motion to dismiss the charges.
According to city ordinances, women are prevented from exposing the nipple portion of the breast in all public places. However, the attorney, Daniel Hynes, for the three girls is arguing that there is no state law in New Hampshire preventing female toplessness.
He also argues that this is discrimination against gender, and that if women can't be topless in public, then to make this constitutional men should not be able to either.
Finally he argues that the Free the Nipple Movement is protected speech under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.