Public Nudity Ban Under Consideration in San Francisco

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San Francisco residents may soon be forced to wear clothes outside of their homes, and some activists are displeased by this proposed public nudity ban.

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City lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday on an ordinance that, if passed, would make it illegal for anyone over age 5 to expose their genitals in public.

Hilariously, this is not currently against the law in San Francisco.

Exemptions may be made for parades or festivals with a city permit, according to the ordinance. Just the same, a group of activists has already filed a lawsuit.

One of the plaintiffs, Mitch Hightower, has organized an annual "nude-in" demonstration over the past several years in protest of the public nudity ban.

"The 'Nude In' is intended to promote a spirit of tolerance, peace and fellowship among the attendees," the lawsuit said, citing a constitutional right of free speech.

"It attempts to criminalize nudity even when engaged in for the purpose of political advocacy."

George Davis, who ran for mayor in 2007 and District 6 supervisor in 2010 as the "nude candidate," joined the suit, claiming he uses nudity "as part of his political expression."

If the ordinance is enacted, first time offenders would be fined $100.

The fine increases to $200 for a second offense within 12 months. The third time a nudist is caught, they could be hit with a $500 fine and charged with a misdemeanor.

So basically, Rihanna nude would be jailed in about two weeks. Just not right. Hopefully a judge strikes down this egregious affront to American freedom.