A Christian group is suing the city of San Francisco over public urinals at a huge municipal park known for nearly-nude sunbathers, among other “adult” activities, according to SFGate.
But City Attorney Dennis Herrera seems to think the litigation is, if not funny, at least ridiculous. The lawsuit, filed by the San Francisco Chinese Christian Union, complains that the pissiors, as they are called, don’t have hand-washing facilities, aren’t accessible to those with disabilities and are in full public view on a busy street near a train stop.
“If I had to predict the top 100 things in Dolores Park likely to offend these plaintiffs, I wouldn’t have guessed that this would make the cut,” his spokesman, Matt Dorsey, said in a press release.
The press release notes that the Christian group is designated an anti-LGBT hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, and continues, “Dolores Park—located between the city’s diverse and colorful Castro and Mission neighborhoods—ranks number 1 on Yelp among San Francisco’s best nude parks. For years, the popular 16-acre destination has been well-known for its vibrant counter culture, immodest sunbathers, pot brownie vendors, spectacular city views, and famously irreverent ‘Hunky Jesus’ contest, which is sponsored annually by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.”
The lawsuit says the urinals are not within plumbing codes.
“Women and girls would be subject to extreme embarrassment in a measure not experienced by men or boys who merely unzip their trousers and aim at the whole [sic] when urinating,” the suit says.
The park is not exactly known for being tame. It’s been slated the “best nude park” in San Francisco by Yelp users.
“Definitely a adult oriented park,” one Yelper wrote. “I see people smoking pot, drinking, an sunbathing practically nude.”
According to SFGate, the urinals were installed as part of a park-wide renovation, and were meant to address a shortage of bathroom facilities that led to urinating in places like neighbors’ homes.