Judge considers San Francisco's public nudity ban

Jan 17, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Athens Banner-Herald

A federal judge considering San Francisco's public nudity ban rejected arguments Thursday that simply disrobing in public was protected political speech akin to flag burning.

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Just poppin in for a bit

Watsonville, CA

#1 Jan 18, 2013
Streakers repant!

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#2 Jan 18, 2013
Ohh, I've seen photos of some of them, why is it that those who NO one wants to see nude insist on it? And, sitting their bare butts on chairs that others may sit on later, NO thank you. I am NO prude, but, there may be times and places for everything, but I don't think parading around Union Square or even Castro Street is appropriate.
ravett

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 18, 2013
I'm puzzled about the problem. There are all sorts of behaviors that are obnoxious to people which are permitted in public these days, ranging from arguing and name-calling, to carrying guns in restaurants and college campuses. Is the sight of a gun on a campus on the hip of a student less obscene than the sight of a penis? Why? Is swearing at someone on the street less obscene than a shapely buttock? Why? I can agree with the judge that being naked isn't necessarily a statement like flag-burning, but I can't see the underlying problem with being naked in public.
SLIF

Scarborough, Canada

#4 Jan 18, 2013
ravett wrote:
I'm puzzled about the problem. There are all sorts of behaviors that are obnoxious to people which are permitted in public these days, ranging from arguing and name-calling, to carrying guns in restaurants and college campuses. Is the sight of a gun on a campus on the hip of a student less obscene than the sight of a penis? Why? Is swearing at someone on the street less obscene than a shapely buttock? Why? I can agree with the judge that being naked isn't necessarily a statement like flag-burning, but I can't see the underlying problem with being naked in public.
You might like it and become addicted.You might hate it and become annoyed,or you may catch a cold,and not be able to afford a doctor.

“God made in the image of man”

Since: May 07

Sausalito, CA

#5 Jan 18, 2013
ravett wrote:
I'm puzzled about the problem. There are all sorts of behaviors that are obnoxious to people which are permitted in public these days, ranging from arguing and name-calling, to carrying guns in restaurants and college campuses. Is the sight of a gun on a campus on the hip of a student less obscene than the sight of a penis? Why? Is swearing at someone on the street less obscene than a shapely buttock? Why? I can agree with the judge that being naked isn't necessarily a statement like flag-burning, but I can't see the underlying problem with being naked in public.
As a SF resident, I'll give you one possible reason: These folks have not necessarily been considerate. They'll sit on public benches in the Castro without so much as a towel under them. As a gay man I enjoy seeing a penis as much as ther next guy, but I do not necessarily want to sit on a bench where a nude person's bits were dangling moments earlier. It's similar to the laws against smoking -- many smokers have strewn their cigarette butts in public parks and on beaches till everyone got sick of it, even many fellow smokers. This law was proposed by a very reasonable gay man on the board of supervisors out of embarrassment over his own community's behavior. It is not a blanket ban -- nudity is still allowed during certain annual public events, such as the Bay to Breakers race, etc.
Albert

Hagenberg, Austria

#6 Jan 19, 2013
I took my family to San Francisco a few years ago thinking it was a famous and beautiful place to visit. Boy was I wrong. There were naked homosexuals running all over the place. We were sitting at an outdoor cafe having lunch and my little boy asked me what those two naked men were doing. I looked over and there were two naked queers having oral sex on a bench in plain view of everyone. I advise any normal, decent people to never go there, especially not with your children.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#7 Jan 19, 2013
Albert wrote:
I took my family to San Francisco a few years ago thinking it was a famous and beautiful place to visit. Boy was I wrong. There were naked homosexuals running all over the place. We were sitting at an outdoor cafe having lunch and my little boy asked me what those two naked men were doing. I looked over and there were two naked queers having oral sex on a bench in plain view of everyone. I advise any normal, decent people to never go there, especially not with your children.
Liar.
JrEsq

El Segundo, CA

#8 Jan 19, 2013
Curteese wrote:
<quoted text>Liar.
The only LIE is the homosexual mantra that all homosex takes place in the bedroom.

“Luke laughs at hypocrites!”

Since: Sep 10

Palm Springs, California

#9 Jan 19, 2013
JrEsq wrote:
<quoted text>
The only LIE is the homosexual mantra that all homosex takes place in the bedroom.
Just WHAT is your point, besides existing in El Segundo being a living hell?

I used to date someone who lived on Maple Ave. in El Segundo off Pacific Coast Hwy. and we DID stuff in the bedroom, and living room and once in the kitchen, so maybe you are right.

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