Public nudity is perfectly legal in San Francisco, but that may not be the case 12 hours from now.
Lawmakers will vote Tuesday night on an ordinance that would deny Fog City denizens the right to display their wares. The law, proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener, would prohibit anyone over the age of 5 from exposing "his or her genitals, perineum or anal region on any public street, sidewalk, street median, parklet or plaza."
Actually, few California cities ban public nudity, and CA state law only prohibits nudity when it's exacerbated by lewdness. San Francisco nudists say they're simply exploiting the loophole that allows non-lewd nakedness.
Outraged city residents have taken to the streets in protests that, as you would expect, involve considerable exposed skin. One protestor, Gypsy Taub, disrobed at a at a committee hearing in City Hall and was escorted out by sheriff's deputies. "I thought if I take my clothes off, I bet they are going to listen," she said. She's one of four San Franciscans who've filed a lawsuit to shut down the ordnance, claiming that it infringes the first amendment (nudity being a form of free speech, allegedly).
Taub "said she got her start as a nudist while hosting a local cable program devoted to the theory that the government was behind the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks," the AP reports.
Via the AP and the Atlantic Wire.