San Francisco's Board of Supervisors just barely passed a ban on public nudity in a 6-5 vote on Tuesday. Despite its passage, the law's future is uncertain: it faces another vote in December and a class action lawsuit brought by urban nudist activists.
The law was the brainchild of Supervisor Scott Wiener, who represents the Castro, San Francisco's famous gay district, where many nudists congregate.
When the ban's passage was announced, City Hall erupted into shouting, and naked protestors were removed, including Gerhart Clarke, 55, pictured yelling "recall Weiner!" above.
Five supervisors voted against the ordinance, concerned that the law would distract police officers from more serious matters, such as the city's growing crime problems.
But Christina DiEdoardo, who represents a class action lawsuit against the ban on nudity, said the ordinance faces a bigger problem: California's constitution. "Cities can't go north if the state goes south on an issue," DiEdoardo said, explaining that municipality laws can't trump state law, which doesn't ban public nudity.
Currently nudity alone isn't counted as obscenity in California unless it's deemed public obscenity.
Other activists describe public nudity as political speech, arguing it's protected under the First Amendment.
Via Politix reporting