San Francisco lawmakers seek to ban public nudity

Last Updated: Mon, Nov 19, 2012 06:30 hrs

Lawmakers in San Fransico are planning to bring in a law that would prohibit nudity in most public places.

Supervisor Scott Wiener's proposal would make it illegal for a person over the age of five to 'expose his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza' or while using public transit.

According to ABC News, a first offense would carry a maximum penalty of a 100 dollars fine, but prosecutors would have authority to charge a third violation as a misdemeanor punishable by up to a 500 dollars fine and a year in jail.

Exemptions would be made for participants at permitted street fairs and parades, such as the city's annual gay pride event and the Folsom Street Fair, which celebrates sadomasochism and other sexual subcultures, the report said.

According to the report, the proposed ban predictably has produced outrage, as well as a lawsuit. (ANI)

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