San Francisco bans public nudity

By Daniel S Levine,

San Francisco is known for being a liberal city, but apparently, it draws the line at public nudity. City officials barely passed a measure to ban public nudity on Tuesday, angering those who prefer to walk around the city without clothes.

“This legislation has strong support in the community,” Supervisor Scott Wiener said at the start of Tuesday’s debate, reports The Los Angeles Times. “I'm talking about support from everyday citizens who live and work in this wonderful neighborhood.”

Wiener stressed that the measure did not arise from concerns from business owners, as some nudists claimed. “The dominant demographic expressing concern is gay men,” he said.

His colleagues disagreed that this was a measure that needed to be discussed. Supervisor John Avalos suggested that the Naked Guys’ nude strolls around the city was “inconsequential nudity.”

After the debate, SFGate reports that the votes were six for the measure and five against. Mayor Ed Lee, who has supported it, will now have to sign the measure, which will take effect on Feb. 1.

While the ban does cover San Francisco streets, private beaches and parades are exempt. First time violators will get a $100 fine.

Several people against the law attended the hearing and stripped after the vote.

“It's telling people they should be ashamed to be naked, and that's totally wrong,” a nudist told SFGate.com.



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