Federal judge to rule on Ocean City's ban that prohibits topless women in public

Thousands walk the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., on July 10, 2002, where record crowds visited the resort town during the month of July. More than 300,000 visitors traveled to Ocean City during the Fourth of July weekend helping the resort town become Maryland's second largest city during the summer months. (AP Photo/Grant L. Gursky)

A federal judge said he will decide in coming days whether to suspend a Maryland beach town's ordinance prohibiting topless women in public.

The Baltimore Sun reports that U.S. District Judge James Bredar will decide whether to stop Ocean City from enforcing its ban until a lawsuit on the issue is resolved.

Five women sued the town earlier this year saying they had the right to appear topless in public like men.

City officials unanimously passed the ordinance during an emergency session last year after the beach patrol said lifeguards would no longer approach and scold women who are topless.

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