MO mayor: Clothes are just a 'cultural belief'

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gender confusionCommon decency and common sense are clashing with radical feminists and the ACLU in Missouri.

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the City of Springfield, where a new ordinance forbids women from going topless.

Springfield is the third-largest city in Missouri with a population of approximately 159,500. 

Joe Ortwerth of the Missouri Family Policy Council says a radical feminist group from a local college is demanding that women be allowed to go shirtless to express their "equality" with men. 

Ortwerth

Ortwerth says Mayor Bob Stephens has sided with the plaintiffs, arguing in a letter to city council members that keeping women clothed in public is about "cultural beliefs" and not a legal issue.

A TV news station reported that city council members voted 5-4 in September for a tougher city ordinance that requires both men and women to cover up. A rally by a feminist group earlier this year caused the uproar. 

Stephens was one of the "nay" votes, the news station reported. 

It's doubtful that the mayor's beliefs reflect the values and beliefs of Springfield's citizens, Ortweth tells OneNewsNow.

"And hopefully the city council will join what we believe are the citizens' true opinions in fighting this lawsuit," he says.

A city council member called Springfield a conservative community and questioned why the feminists would demand to be nude in public. 

Liberals are also trying to recall a city council member, Justin Burnett, who sponsored the strengthened version of the ordinance. 

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