Does San Diego Discriminate Against Thong-Wearing Gay Men?
As Courthouse News reports, plaintiff Will X. Walters asserts he was discriminated against at San Diego's 2011 Pride parade, where he was arrested and jailed for public nudity.
According to his complaint, Walters was at the festival "wearing an opaque gladiator type kilt over black underwear. Under any definition, he was not nude, as his buttocks and genitalia were fully covered. Nonetheless, he was ushered out of the event, humiliated, arrested, and incarcerated."
Walters is seeking punitive damages against the city for violating his constitutional rights to due process and equal protection. Part of his argument is that San Diego women are permitted to wear skimpy bottoms, but not gay men such as himself.
No word yet on whether Mel Gibson will be filing an amicus brief.
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