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Wed Jan 28 08:37:06 SAST 2015

Judge urged to dismiss suit on US city nudity ban

Sapa-AP | 15 December, 2012 08:26
Michael Sundin, of Napa, talks with fellow nudists following a rally against banning nudity in parts of the city in San Francisco, California.
Image by: BECK DIEFENBACH / REUTERS

San Francisco’s city attorney is urging a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to overturn the city’s recently approved nudity ban.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Dennis Herrera responded on Thursday to the complaint filed by nudity activists who say the ordinance violates their constitutional rights.

The ban was approved by the Board of Supervisors this month and is scheduled to take effect February 1 2013. It bars nudity in public places, with exceptions at events like the Bay to Breakers race and the Folsom Street Fair.

Herrera says many municipalities have bans on public nudity and their constitutionality has been repeatedly affirmed by federal courts.

An attorney for the plaintiffs says there are many laws in other parts of the country that wouldn’t be tolerated in San Francisco.

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