The anything-goes mentality of San Francisco may change with a new public nudity ban, news sources report.
A vote is scheduled for Tuesday, if city lawmakers pass the ban, it would be illegal for anyone over the age of five to expose their genitals publicly, with exceptions to parades and festivals under city permit. Activists filed a federal lawsuit against the city Wednesday looking for a temporary restraining order, providing the court enough time to determine case merits, ABC News reports.
Supervisor Scott Wiener feels compelled to act after complaints were made about naked men gathering in a small Castro plaza, who sometimes walk the streets. His persuasion lead colleagues to pass a law requiring the use of a cloth between public seats and bare rears last year. However, the complaints continue, Fox News reports.
Christina DiEdoardo is the representing attorney for the nudist group and claims that the goal of the lawsuit is to stop a "fatally overbroad" legislation that would infringe on the First Amendment rights of the nudists'. The ban would establish a $100 fine for violating and would increase for additional offenses within a year, Mercury News reports.