ASHEVILLE, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers are hoping to pass a bill that will put an end to Asheville’s annual topless rally for women.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported that Rep. Tim Moffitt, R-Buncombe, and Rep. Rayne Brown, R-Davidson, want to get a beefed up indecent exposure law passed.
House Bill 34, titled Clarify Indecent Exposure Law, is in the House Rules Committee. It was filed at the start of the long session last year.
The law would make it a misdemeanor to expose private parts in public. It would be a felony to expose private parts to people younger than 16 for sexual gratification. Breastfeeding is exempt from the law.
Women are currently allowed to be topless in North Carolina, although it is banned in many cities.
Asheville’s annual topless rally downtown has been going on for the past three summers. Organizers said the event is to show support for the rights of women to go topless.
Read full story: The Asheville Citizen-Times