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Nov. 19 2012 12:31 PM

Public Nudity Ban Up for Vote in San Francisco

San Francisco isn't known for its modesty, a reputation one city supervisor is trying to change.

City lawmakers are voting on a public nudity ban this week, the result of a two-year battle between Castro Supervisor Scott Wiener and a small group of men who like to walk in the buff in the famously gay neighborhood. Wiener reluctantly proposed the ordinance after escalating complaints from other constituents.

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Violators of the proposed ban, which has fired up San Franciscans, could get anywhere from an initial $100 fine to a year in jail for multiple offenses. Last week a couple dozen residents disrobed in front of City Hall in protest. Certain festivities, like the annual gay-pride parade, would be exempt from the new rules.

According to the Associated Press, a lawyer has already filed a lawsuit against the ordinance in case it's approved.

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