San Francisco voters in November will be asked to weigh in on what was until now a private family matter: male circumcision. City elections officials confirmed Wednesday that an initiative that would ban the circumcision of males younger than 18 in San Francisco has received enough signatures to appear on the ballot. The practice would become a misdemeanor. Supporters of the ban say male circumcision is a form of genital mutilation that should not be forced on a young child.
If it does pass, and this is San Francisco so anything can happen, it will immediately be challenged on constitutional grounds (circumcision is a religious custom) and promptly thrown out. So, thanks for wasting everyone’s time and money, hippies. Also, I’d like to know how these same anti-circumcision fanatics in gay, liberal San Francisco would vote if an abortion ban were on the ballot. [SF Gate]