Score one for the cover-up crowd.
A federal judge today ruled against the organizer of next week’s naked bike ride, saying she can’t use freedom of speech as a rationale to put the San Diego’s anti-nudity law on hold.
Gina Coburn, a spokeswoman for the City Attorney’s Office, said Judge Larry Burns declared that the city has, in her words, “a substantial interest and right to regulate public nudity.”
College student Sarah Bush sued the city on Thursday, arguing that she and others have a constitutional right to express themselves by riding nude through the streets of San Diego during June 12’s World Naked Bike Ride. The lawsuit demanded that a judge order the city to not enforce its anti-nudity ordinance.
World Naked Bike Ride events are held annually in the United States and around the world as a protest against dependency on oil and a celebration of bicycling.
As we reported earlier this week, several other cities — including San Francisco, Seattle, Philadelphia and Chicago — have allowed dozens or even hundreds of nude and nearly nude bicyclists to ride down city streets during the events without interference.