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Judge Rules Strippers Must Wear Bikini Tops

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File photo of  a strip club. (credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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SAN ANTONIO (CBS Houston/AP) — A judge has affirmed San Antonio’s updated ordinance that requires strippers at clubs not defined as sexually oriented businesses to wear bikini tops — not skimpier pasties.

Chief U.S. District Judge Fred Biery in San Antonio on Monday rejected a challenge from 13 strip clubs.

His opinion is titled: the “itsy bitsy teeny weeny bikini top v. the (more) itsy bitsy teeny weeny pastie.”

“The court infers plaintiffs fear enforcement of the ordinance would strip them of their profits, affecting their bottom line,” the opinion states, according to the San Antonio Express-News. “Conversely, the city asserts these businesses contribute to reduced property values, violent crime, increased drug sales, prostitution and other sex crimes and therefore need to be girdled more tightly. Plaintiffs, and by extension their customers, seek an erection of a constitutional wall separating themselves from the regulatory power of city government.”

City officials last year tightened the definitions of such clubs and required strippers to cover more of their upper bodies.

An attorney for the establishments that sued in January will consider whether to further appeal San Antonio’s amended human display ordinance.

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