Nude protesters arrested outside San Francisco City Hall 

click to enlarge A nude activist is arrested by San Francisco police officers as he protests San Francisco's new ban on nudity at San Francisco City Hall on February 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. At least four nude activists were arrested as they protested San Francisco's new ban on nudity in public places. The measure proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener is being challenged by activists who call the ordinance unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events. - JUSTIN SULLIVAN/GETTY IMAGES
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  • A nude activist is arrested by San Francisco police officers as he protests San Francisco's new ban on nudity at San Francisco City Hall on February 1, 2013 in San Francisco, California. At least four nude activists were arrested as they protested San Francisco's new ban on nudity in public places. The measure proposed by Supervisor Scott Wiener is being challenged by activists who call the ordinance unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events.

Police have arrested four naked people protesting San Francisco's nudity ban on the steps of City Hall.

The arrests Friday came as the city's prohibition on going out in the buff took effect.

About a dozen people in various states of undress took to the streets as part of the protest, though only the fully nude were taken into custody.

A federal judge ruled this week that nudity was not protected free speech and upheld San Francisco's ban on most displays of public nudity.

The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 in December in favor of the ban.

Activists challenging the measure had argued that the ordinance was unfair because it grants exceptions for nudity at permitted public events such as the city's gay pride parade.

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