Nantucket has approved a bylaw amendment that will allow people to go topless on beaches regardless of gender.
"In order to promote equality for all persons, any person shall be allowed to be topless on any public or private beach within the Town of Nantucket," the new amendment to the Protection of Coastal Areas and Open Spaces bylaw states.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey approved the bylaw on Tuesday, but it will only go into effect once the town meets appropriate posting and publishing requirements, according to Boston’s regional website.
The town back in May passed the bylaw with 327 votes in support against 242 votes against – a fraction of the roughly 11,000-person population of the town. The Town Board noted that it received "numerous communications from citizens raising various challenges."
The board also stressed that approval of a law "in no way implies any agreement or disagreement with any policy views that may have led to the passage of the bylaw," and that approval merely looked at consistency between the new bylaw and existing state law.
The law previously only allowed men to go topless, with a punishment of up to three years in jail along with a $300 fine for a topless woman.
Nantucket resident Dorothy Stover proposed the law, which gained support among residents. She noted in an interview with the Boston Globe that other communities had similar laws already in place.
"I’m not saying that everybody has to be topless," Stover said at the time. "I want to support the love of the body."
Stover recognized negative reactions to the proposal while also stating she has received an overwhelming number of positive responses.
Healey said that her office could "discern no conflict between the vote and the Constitution or laws of the Commonwealth."
In a letter from Healey on the subject of the bylaw, Healy did not provide any specific deadline by which posting and publishing requirements must be met, but stressed that the law would only apply to specific beaches and not surrounding areas.
An attempt to exempt certain beaches from the bylaw did not succeed.
The Town Board proposed a phased implementation of the new law in order to help people acclimate to it.
Fox News’ Haley Chi-Sing contributed to this report.