A California family leader says while San Francisco may have
banned some types of public nudity, it still permits promiscuity
during city events.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera asked a federal judge
on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit against the city's nudity ban.
Herrera said in a statement that "public nudity bans are a
long-standing feature of municipal codes throughout the
The law -- which passed earlier this month on a 6-5 vote -- will
take effect February 1 and
bans nudity in public places, with some exceptions, such as
street fairs, parades, and other permitted public events. The ban
also does not apply to women who appear in public topless.
Nudists argued the ban violates their constitutional rights and
protested the ban and the vote by removing their clothing.
Randy Thomasson, president of SaveCalifornia.com, expresses his strong
disapproval with an ordinance that still sanctions public
"San Francisco, of course, is promoting devilish
evil by allowing all types of public nudity, etcetera, at the
Folsom Street Fair, the annual LGBT parade and other such events
that basically are very, very indecent, and in fact, [are
essentially] the poster boy of indecency in America," says
The ordinance was enforced after the city allowed public nudity
and received numerous complaints from citizens and business owners.
Supervisor Scott Wiener said citizen complaints about public nudity
topped the list, adding that he received many complaints about a
group of men who would daily remove their clothing in the city's
Castro District -- an area of the city known for its militant and
flamboyant displays of LGBT activism.