On Aug. 28, the city council of Dadeville, Alabama discussed an ordinance that would effectively band certain clothing items from being worn in their town of approx. 3,200.
Council members are considering expanding the proposal, which started as a ban on men in the town wearing saggy
pants, to ban women’s clothing like short shorts and dresses with high hemlines.
Council member Frank Goodman presented the original ordinance.
“We have people walking down the street with their hand in front of them holding up their pants,” Goodman said. “Then they have the nerve to walk into a place of business and ask for a job. If you come to my house you are going to pull them up before you get on my property, much less in my door. I prayed about this. I know that God would not go around with pants down.”
Other council members voiced concerns about appearing to play favorites, and suggested extending the ban to women as well.
“My concern is it should be for everybody,” council member Stephanie Kelley said. “I think for the girls, with these shorts up so high looking like undergarments and dresses so short, I don’t want us to be showing favoritism.”
As media outlets report on the proposal, many are expressing their outrage on social media.
— Ryan Gage (@RyanGage) September 13, 2015
Dadeville, Alabama wants to ban skirts and short dresses. You can't make this stuff up.
— Ashley Spry (@TallerthanSaban) September 13, 2015
Dadeville, AL town has nothing better 2 do? Wants 2 ban saggy pants & short shorts after councilman "prayed over it." http://t.co/t9t6j9P0NU
— Jeff Letourneau (@jeffl76) September 13, 2015
— Ron Swallow (@dorkyswallow) September 13, 2015
Dadeville city attorney Robin Reynolds is expected to have the ordinance ready for the next council meeting on Tuesday.