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Nantucket to permit topless solar bathing on seashores

NANTUCKET, Massachusetts: The Massachusetts resort island of Nantucket has voted to allow topless sun bathing on its beaches.

According to published reports, Tuesday night’s annual town meeting saw the Gender Equality on Beaches bylaw amendment passing 327-242.

But the measure is still not fully approved, and requires the final go-ahead from the state attorney-general’s office.

Proposed by seventh-generation Nantucket resident Dorothy Stover, the bylaw states, “In order to promote equality for all persons, any person shall be allowed to be topless on any public or private beach.”

Only men can go topless in public under current state law.

Stover also defended her proposal, pointing out that many communities already allow anyone who chooses to go topless on public beaches, reported the Boston Globe.

A proposed amendment to exempt Children’s and Jetties beaches, both popular with families and tourists, was withdrawn.

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