Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

Ohio judge OK’s alcohol, topless women for outdoor festival

A federal judge is giving a popular Columbus festival permission to sell alcohol despite having topless women in attendance.

Comfest will take place June 23-25 at Goodale Park. The festival brands itself as a “free, non-corporate, yearly celebration of Columbus, Ohio’s community organizations, performers, artists and volunteers.

According to The Columbus Dispatch, the festival won a temporary restraining order against the Ohio Department of Public Safety and the Ohio Division of Liquor Control.

“An agent cited the festival last year because there were topless women there,” the Dispatch reported.

“Applying a strip-club regulation to a three-day political festival like ComFest in a public park is ridiculous and unconstitutional,” said Ed Forman, an attorney for ComFest, in a press release. He said the women are “exercising their First Amendment rights.”

Read more about the case here

Thank you for reading the Dayton Daily News and for supporting local journalism. Subscribers: log in for access to your daily ePaper and premium newsletters.

Thank you for supporting in-depth local journalism with your subscription to the Dayton Daily News. Get more news when you want it with email newsletters just for subscribers. Sign up here.