The Naked Guys (and Gals) were not happy.
"It's not a legitimate government!" one shouted. "You're voting against the majority of the people," yelled another. "Shame!"
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 5 on Tuesday to require clothing under most circumstances on the streets of San Francisco. And once the votes were cast, the clothes came off.
Several men and women stripped down and were escorted out of the chamber, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. No arrests were made.
Faced with complaints about a band of so-called Naked Guys gathering daily in the Castro District, Supervisor Scott Wiener introduced legislation last month to ban public nudity citywide, except for at permitted festivals and parades.
"This legislation has strong support in the community," Wiener said to kick off the debate before Tuesday's vote. "I'm talking about support from everyday citizens who live and work in this wonderful neighborhood."
The stricture wasn't the brainchild of business owners, as some naturists have claimed. Nor did straight couples with children raise a fuss about freedom of expression — and freedom from clothing — in the heart of gay San Francisco.