PITTSBURGH – A Pittsburgh suburb will allow a pole dancing studio to open, ending a federal lawsuit that accused town officials of violating the First Amendment rights of the prospective business woman.
The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in August on behalf of 30-year-old Stephanie Babines, who wanted to open the studio in Adams Township. Officials had barred Babines from opening the studio, saying it was a sexually oriented business.
The ACLU's legal director in Pennsylvania Witold Walczak says he is satisfied with the settlement. The agreement still needs to be approved by a federal judge.
Babines' classes include pole-dancing, power lap dance, strip tease and "SeXXXercise." They are all taught and performed fully clothed.