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Hawaii, New Hampshire mull bills decriminalizing sex work

Honolulu — Hawaii is one of two states pushing a for a bill that would decriminalize sex work.

House Bill 1533 would repeal any and all harmful bans on prostitution (sex work), and would preempt any municipal ordinance that bans sex work.

However, it is a double edged sword: if passed, HB 1533 would also remove Hawaii as one of the only states that bans cops from having sex with sex workers for any reason. The current anti-sex work law is one of the numerous provisions in the 50 states’ laws that criminalizes what would otherwise be considered as consensual sex under the rubric of “Offenses Against the Morals”.

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N.H. Senate Bill 347 is just as unconstitutional as House Bill 1525!


CONCORD, N.H. — One unconstitutional bill was defeated on Wednesday. However, another unconstitutional bill takes its place.

House Bill 1525 was defeated without fanfare on Wednesday just as Senate Bill 347 was introduced.

Senate Bill 347 is just as unconstitutional because it infringes on the First and Fourteenth amendment rights of the people. Nudity rights are defined in those two amendments – under the Free Exercise Clause of the First and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth.

Senate Bill 347 is a sneak attack on civil rights because it defers our rights to local municipalities, which, like the state governments, have absolutely no business deciding our rights.

The people of New Hampshire won one round before.  Hopefully, they can kill SB 347 as well!

Thanks to Representative Amanda Bouldin (D-Manchester, N.H.) for the tip.

 

Full video of HB 1525 comments/testimony

CONCORD, N.H. — On Leap Day, a hearing on a bill that would outlaw public nudity and breastfeeding (in some jurisdictions) commenced and citizens outraged over the unconstitutional GOP’s proposal hammered the bill.

You can watch here. Feel free to add transcripts in the comments, and I will try to add them in edits.

Victory for Nudity rights is near in New Hampshire!

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LOUDON, N.H. — The Live Free Or Die State told social conservatives in no uncertain terms that civil rights also extends to public nudity.

In an 18-0 vote that aims to send a strong message about nudity rights to other states, House Bill 1525 was tabled.

The opposition to the clearly unconstitutional bill far outnumbered supporters.  In fact, only a handful of HB 1525 supporters were on hand, not counting the mostly white male Republican legislators far too eager to dump their feces on the Constitution rather than defend it.

Opponents of the bill say the law would create disparities between men and women. One New Hampshire resident told the AP the proposed law would be regressive and would take away rights women in the state already had.

“We are not lunatics, we are not radical, we’re not looking to go to football games topless or libraries or school meetings,” Kari Stephens told the AP. “If there is a man in a public space who is obviously comfortable enough, then why should I not have that same right?”

Comments like that could be heard again and again throughout the commenting period on the bill.

Representatives John Burt (R) and Amanda Bouldin (D) both blasted HB 1525 and introduced the motion to kill it:

This bill expands the indecent exposure law to include the anus (regardless of gender) as well as the nipple and areola (only if female). The committee heard testimony from many who warned that, due to likely acts of civil disobedience, the state would face expensive court fees should this become law. The NHCLU testified that violation of such a law could be considered protected political speech, indicating that the state would be unsuccessful in litigation. The committee sees no sense in passing a law that cannot be enforced.

The committee also believes that this bill violates Art. 2 of the State Constitution, which states that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged on account of race, creed, color, sex or national origin.” This bill attempts to apply a law to women only. This bill would also place police officers in the uncomfortable position of having to determine the gender of a potential offender. Lastly, an offender (if convicted) would be listed in the state’s sex offender registry after a second conviction, which many considered to be an excessive punishment.

In a state with a nippy average temperature of only 46 degrees (Fahrenheit), the risk of rampant nudity seems rather low. The committee considers this legislation inexpedient to legislate for these reasons.

Emphasis mine, in bold.

In short, the gymnophobic prudes are losing their grip in the state legislatures as nudist bloggers such as myself get more and more politically active and advocate for the same civil rights as everyone else.  We nudists will no longer stand by and compromise when it comes to our rights.  We’re gonna take our rights just like everyone else who has expanded rights in the past several years have taken theirs.

As Free Keene said on Tuesday, March 1, “Today is a decisive loss for the prudes. To them I say leave topless women alone – your kids will be fine. If you don’t like seeing female areola, then advocate all public property be abolished and turned private. Then you can have a private beach just for people who want to keep their clothes on.”

As for prude Brian Gallanger, you have no problem forcing us to experience the evolving societal behavior on guns.  Therefore, you need to get a taste of your own medicine.

Everyone needs to be forced to experience the evolving societal behavior around nudity as well.  It’s our right to be naked in public, and we’re NOT GOING ANYWHERE, and my allies in New Hampshire will put the final nail in the coffin on HB 1525 on Wednesday.  Get used to it, prudes.

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Time for a nude-in at the state legislature: New Hampshire GOP pols want to turn law-abiding nudists, nursing mothers into sex offenders!

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LOUDON, N.H. — So much for Live Free or Die.

A new bill, known as HB 1525, that was prefiled last month by seven fully-clothed GOP men would turn law-abiding nudists into criminal sex offenders should it become law.

In addition, HB 1525 significantly weakens at best, and strips at worst, the breastfeeding exemption that’s been in the laws for over two decades.

Here is the text of the bill:

1  Public Indecency; Indecent Exposure and Lewdness.  Amend RSA 645:1, I to read as follows:

I.  A person is guilty of a misdemeanor if:

(a)  Such person fornicates, exposes his or her genitals, or performs any other act of gross lewdness under circumstances which he or she should know will likely cause affront or alarm; or

(b)  Such person purposely exposes his or her anus or, if a woman, purposely exposes the areola or nipple of her breast or breasts in a public place and in the presence of another person with reckless disregard for whether a reasonable person would be offended or alarmed by such act.

[2  New Paragraph; Public Indecency; Indecent Exposure and Lewdness; Breast-Feeding Excluded.  Amend RSA 645:1 by inserting after paragraph III the following new paragraph:

IV.  This section should not apply to the act of breast-feeding.]

3  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect.  This act shall take effect January 1, 2017.

Reference in brackets originally included in prefiled bill, but was scratched in late December when a woman told the Raw Story she could be a sex offender simply for nursing in public.

When nudists and breastfeeding advocates slammed the bill, the GOP unsuccessfully tried to play coy about HB 1525.

“Who doesn’t support a mothers right to feed?” Moore responded. “Don’t give me the liberal talking points Amanda. If it’s a woman’s natural inclination to pull her nipple out in public and you support that, than you should have no problem with a mans [inclination] to stare at it and grab it. After all, it’s ALL relative and natural, right?”

Al Baldasaro, one of the co-sponsors of this unconstitutional bill, chimed in to harass Amanda Bouldin.

“Amanada, No disrespect, but your nipple would be the last one I would want to see,” Baldasaro said. “You want to turn our family beach’s into a pervert show. Liberterians want a nude beach, put your money together and buy one, if you want to expose you kids to nudity, go for it. Some of us liberty minded Reps do beleive in family values.”

Constituents and registered voters overwhelmingly slammed the proposed law, and also the responses of anti-freedom bigots Josh Moore and Baldasaro.

“I have no words,” one woman wrote. “Unbelievable and discriminatory to women and babies … I’d be proud to be on the sex offenders list for breastfeeding in public!”

Rep. Bouldin lashed the GOP for their anti-American stance and ripped apart the façade of “small government” in the process.

“This is bad governance, plain and simple,” she said. “The merits of the bill have nothing to do with the flesh between my thighs.”

We say it’s way past high time for constituents of New Hampshire to stage nude-ins at the state legislature in Concord.

If HB 1525 becomes law, I hope the law, courts and state government are raked through the mud in federal court by nudists and women for blatant violations of the First, Ninth, Tenth, Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments of the US Constitution, as well as the state’s Equal Rights Amendment!

Family values is no excuse for bigotry and discrimination against nudists and naturists.  Public nudity does not in any way infringe on family values whatsoever, so stick that shit where the sun doesn’t shine.

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