Frisco ban on nudity selective in enforcement

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (

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 nation."

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, expresses his strong disapproval with an ordinance that still sanctions public nudity.

Thomasson, Randy ("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 Thomasson.

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.

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