There is a proposal in the great, liberal city of San Francisco to ban circumcision in males under the age of 18. Proponents of the ban call circumcision “male genital mutilation” and think adult males should make this decision for themselves, after they turn 18. Opponents of the ban call this an invasion of privacy, a violation of constitutional rights and an attack on a long held religious ceremony.
What do you think? Read the article from 365gay below.
(San Francisco) A proposal to ban the circumcision of male children in San Francisco has been cleared to appear on the November ballot, setting the stage for the nation’s first public vote on what has long been considered a private family matter.
But even in a city with a long-held reputation for pushing boundaries, the measure is drawing heavy fire. Opponents are lining up against it, saying a ban on a religious rite considered sacred by Jews and Muslims is a blatant violation of constitutional rights.
Elections officials confirmed Wednesday the initiative had qualified for the ballot with more than 7,700 valid signatures from city residents. Initiatives must have at least 7,168 names to qualify.
If the measure passes, circumcision would be prohibited among males under the age of 18. The practice would become a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 or up to one year in jail. There would be no religious exemptions.