New Hampshire’s highest court to rule on topless case

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s highest court is set to rule on the case of three women arrested for going topless on a New Hampshire beach.

Heidi Lilley, Kia Sinclair and Ginger Pierro are part of the Free the Nipple campaign. They were arrested in 2016 after removing their tops at a beach in Laconia and refusing to put them on when beachgoers complained.

The women appealed to the state Supreme Court after a lower court refused to dismiss the case. A lawyer for the women argued in court that the law is discriminatory and unconstitutional. The court is expected to rule Friday.

The women say there’s no state law forbidding female toplessness and call the case gender-based discrimination because men don’t have to follow the same rules. The law’s supporters argue it helps prevent public disturbances.

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