Strip Clubs Statewide Fighting Alabama's Anti-Obscenity Law

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --  Many of Alabama's strip clubs are joining a court fight over topless dancing in Jefferson County. The clubs want a court to decide whether the state's anti-obscenity law is constitutional.

Eleven nightclubs from Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile have joined in a suit filed late last year after authorities said they would begin enforcing long-ignored rules that ban dancers from wearing anything less than a conservative bikini.

Charlie's Club, located in Jefferson County, filed suit October 24th against the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Sheriff Mike Hale after the board announced it will enforce a regulation banning topless dancing at places where alcohol is served.

A federal judge had set the trial to begin March first. But U.S. District Judge Scott Coogler delayed the case until December 11th to give attorneys more time to prepare.

The law was challenged by an Anniston club owner in 1998, but a judge upheld it in 2001.

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