SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 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.

But opponents say such claims are alarmingly misleading, and call the proposal a clear violation of constitutionally protected religious freedoms.

The initiative’s backers say its progress is the biggest success story to date of a decades-old nationwide movement to end circumcision of male infants in the United States. A similar effort in Massachusetts last year failed to gain traction.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (5)
  1. Dave says:

    San FranFreako government meddling in citizen’s personal lives…again.

  2. Christian says:

    LOL really? Once again San Fansisco shows how out of the norm they are. Pull the military and let them fins some other form of income.

  3. jenny says:

    leaving the skin is nasty. cut it off

  4. james says:

    I say we Castrate illegal Aliens, We would save a fortune!

  5. Ashantay says:

    San Fran, land of the Obama supporters, let government run you lives………….. that 9.5 can’t come to soon, hopefully the whole city just disappears……..

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