The Town of Parker has taken the first step to changing ordinances regarding nudity after the town council recently gave preliminary approval to updating the rules.
The topic was brought before the council because of an upcoming showing of "Rocky Horror Picture Show" at the Parker Arts, Culture & Events, or PACE, Center. The 1975 film shows a woman’s breast.
One of the updated ordinances, which would bring the town into compliance with current laws, would allow for women’s breasts to be depicted in establishments that serve alcohol.
The current ordinance prohibits an establishment with a liquor license from showing a film depicting “lewd or indecent displays.” The definition of such includes the display of the female breast.
“Recent case law makes it unlawful and considered unconditional to continue to consider exposure of the female breast as nudity,” according to a staff memo.
Staff recommended the town redefine “lewd or indecent displays” to include the fondling of the “upper-body breast or chest area” of “any person” rather than “the breast.” They also recommend changing the ordinance from disallowing nudity to prohibiting the “exposure of specified anatomical areas.”
Staff also recommended adding a definition for “obscene.”
Another resolution would change the town’s definitions of “nudity or state of nudity,” “semi-nudity,” “specific anotomical areas” and “specific sexual activities” to make them gender neutral. This includes the definition in the town’s ordinance for public indecency.
The items were approved on first reading through the consent agenda and will be considered again on Oct. 3.
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