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Circumcision ban opponents plan to file lawsuit to block ballot measure

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Opponents of a measure that would ban male circumcision in San Francisco plan to publicly announce a lawsuit against the proposition.

The measure planned for the November ballot would make circumcising a minor a misdemeanor carrying a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail.

Members of the Committee for Parental Choice and Religious Freedom plan to gather on the steps of City Hall at 11 a.m. Wednesday.

The lawsuit asks the California Superior Court to remove the proposition from the ballot on grounds that state law prohibits local governments from restricting medical procedures.

Representatives from Jewish and Muslim faith groups told The San Francisco Examiner in April that the ban would also be a clear violation of First Amendment religious freedom. The circumcision ban made it on to the ballot in May after the The City’s Department of Elections approved 12,265 supportive signatures gathered by San Francisco resident Llyod Schofield.

dschreiber@sfexaminer.com