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San Francisco to vote on public nudity ban

Published on Nov 20, 2012 6:03 AM

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - San Francisco lawmakers vote on Tuesday on a proposal to outlaw most public nudity, despite protests in the famously free and easy West Coast city.

The Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance proposed by Scott Wiener, whose Castro neighbourhood is a gay haven known also for the Naked Guys, who routinely let it all hang out in public.

The city law would ban anyone over five years old from exposing their genitals or anal region in public, with fines starting at US$100 for a first offence, but rising to US$500 and a year in jail for a third offence.

Mr Wiener, a 15-year resident of the neighborhood who has long fought for laws to be tightened up, condemned a lawsuit launched last week to try to preempt his new ordinance. A group of naked protesters demonstrated outside City Hall in support of the legal action, which claims that banning nudity would breach their right to free speech.

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