Frisco ban on nudity selective in enforcement

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
 | 
Becky Yeh - California correspondent (OneNewsNow.com)

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

Thomasson, Randy (SaveCalifornia.com)"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.

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

What's your take on the issue of school choice?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

  France's far-Right reaches across spectrum as runoff looms
France: 2 men charged in thwarted pre-election attack
Convicted jihadist with Calif. ties loses US citizenship
Trump heads into tough week with budget, health care battles
2 Arkansas men set to be executed want stays for poor health
3 children among victims in New York City house fire
Pilot killed in crash of replica WWI-era plane in Calif.
France's next leader: Centrist Macron vs. far-Right Le Pen
Tight, tense French presidential vote echoes around world
France begins presidential vote in test for populism

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Marine Le Pen: 'Survival of France' at stake in 2nd round
French presidential election: Le Pen, Macron win first round to advance to runoff
Marine Le Pen celebrates strong showing, but notes 'survival' of France is at stake
Sanders slams UC Berkeley's anti-free speech zealots: 'It's a sign of intellectual weakness'
Alarming trend turning U.S. streets into war zones

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
California 2012: Year in Review

During 2012, battles over "gay" rights, education, and the state budget crisis dominated the headlines coming out of The Golden State.