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San Francisco orders nudists to put their pants on

Posted Nov 21 2012 7:00am

Well, it wasn't exactly like Churchill and the Battle of Britain, but the handful of activists opposing a nudity ban in what's arguably the nation's most liberal and libertine city gave it their all and then some.

In the end, the specter of unchecked bareness was too much even for a city where usually anything goes, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 on Tuesday to enact a public nudity ban.

Moments later, boos and a sudden shedding of clothes by aggrieved audience members led to a hastily called recess as naked people loudly and lustily voiced their displeasure.

Gerhardt Clarke, 55, of Oakland wore only a white stocking cap, white socks and white underwear briefs as he shouted about recalling Supervisor Scott Wiener, the ban's author.

Clarke said he's confident he'll be able to keep on going starkers. Activists last week filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to block the city from implementing the ordinance, seeking redress for the right to undress. "This lawsuit will wipe out these fascist clones," Clarke predicted.

Others more soberly assessed what the ban says about a city that prides itself on openness.

"We used to say two men kissing was bad for children to see, but now we've learned better," Taylor Whitfield, 25, clothed, said in the corridor outside. "This is a step backward."

Even a city as comfortable

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