No baggy pants in Baytown?

July 24, 2008 5:04:12 PM PDT
The debate over baggy pants is back, this time in front of the city council in Baytown. A local pastor wants sagging pants in Baytown pulled up, and he wants city officials to make it happen. Reverend Gregory Griffin is on a mission. The Baytown pastor and gospel talk show host on KWWJ radio is taking it to city hall.

"While I'm at the park, why should I have to watch somebody's behind? Why should I have to do that? I shouldn't have to do that," he said. "When I go to the mall, it's threatening. Women are threatened. Children are threatened by it."

The pastor wants a city ordinance banning baggy pants many teens wear below their beltline.

The people who live in the community of 71,000 have mixed reaction.

"I don't think we should ban it, but I don't like the way it looks," said Baytown parent Betty Childers.

"I think the pastor's right about that," said another resident with whom we spoke.

Civil rights attorney Randall Kallinen says the issue of baggy pants should not have a place in city law.

"If it were to pass, I believe it would violate the Constitution, and a person could get it overturned by a civil rights lawsuit in federal or state court," said Kallinen.

But the Baytown pastor says he'll keep spreading his message.

"Maybe I'm an old fogey, but I just have a problem with it," said Griffin.

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