A Republican lawmaker in Montana wants to add an amendment to the state’s indecent exposure law by making it illegal to wear yoga pants and other revealing and tight fitting clothing in public.
David Moore introduced a bill on Tuesday after a group of nudist bicyclists recently rode past his suburban estate home.
Montana city officials are concerned that banning Bare As You Dare riders the right to ride nude would constitute a violation of their free speech rights, though the U.S Supreme Court has stated that public nudity is not a protected right.
The bill that Moore hopes to pass is aimed at the preservation of Montana’s reputation as “A state of decency and security, where children are protected.”
If Moore’s bill is passed it will make illegal any exposure of the nipple of a man or woman, along with the prohibiting of clothing that accentuates the buttocks, pelvic area or female nipple.
Virginia Court, a state representative, has stated that the bill is “prejudiced against women,” though the law will also make it illegal for men to wear Speedo-style swimming trunks publicly.
“Yoga pants should be illegal in public anyway,” Moore said. Conviction of indecent exposure can lead to life in jail or a fine of up to $10,000, but Moore’s bill will make public wearing of yoga pants punishable by five years in jail or a fine of $5,000.