Pennsylvania Woman Sues Town for Refusing Pole-Dancing Studio

A suburban Pittsburgh woman has sued a Butler County town that refused to allow her to open a pole-dancing studio on the grounds it was a sexually oriented business.

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday in Pittsburgh by the American Civil Liberties Union claims Adams Township officials violated Stephanie Babines' right to free expression by denying her an occupancy permit.

Babines, a computer analyst from Cranberry Township, claims her studio does not fit the definitions of adult business in the township's zoning code.

She says her dances are not sexually explicit and wants a judge to rule that barring a dance studio that doesn't involve nudity violates the First Amendment.

Babines claims her permit was denied because the township code enforcement officer believed the colors on her Web site indicated to him she planned to open an adult business.