(SAN FRANCISCO) – These days, in the city of the Golden Gate Bridge, your birthday suit better mean a nice outfit from Brooks Brothers. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to ban public nudity in the streets.
The legislation prohibits genital exposure on all city sidewalks, plazas, parklets, streets, and public transit. However, nudity in private areas and special events is exempt, and the new law also does not apply to children under the age of 5.
Mayor Ed Lee is among those in support of the ban.
“For exhibitionists, I think that’s what the word is expressed that way, that’s different than people’s first amendment rights,” he said.
Supervisor Scott Wiener agrees. “We’re a city that believes in freedom and we’ve always believed in freedom and free expression. But taking your pants off at Castro and Market and displaying your genitals to everyone, that’s not free expression,” he said.
Those opposed to the passage have already filed a lawsuit, and is now pending. Attorney Christina DiEdoardo is representing the opposition, strongly supports their right to disrobe.
“Is the first amendment more powerful and more important than the passions of an intolerant mob? And the ambitions of one or more city supervisors? We would contend that it is and that’s what our case is based upon,” she said.
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