Ocean City Can Legally Ban Topless Women, Maryland Attorney General Says

OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) — Officials at a Maryland beach resort can now legally ban topless women.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh waded into the controversy that has rocked Ocean City for days. The Washington Post reports that Frosh said Thursday that requiring women to cover up on top while allowing men to expose their chests does not violate state or federal constitutions.

Last week, the head of the beach patrol said lifeguards will no longer approach and scold women who are topless. Some on social media incorrectly assumed this meant toplessness would be allowed.

Ocean City officials, fearing for their resort’s family-friendly reputation, unanimously passed an ordinance in an emergency session Saturday barring topless women.

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