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Tentative ruling confirmed: S.F. court strikes anti-circumcision measure from ballot

by Jonah Lowenfeld

July 28, 2011 | 2:11 pm

Brit Milah. Photo by Chesdovi/Wikipedia

Confirming Wednesday’s tentative ruling, a San Francisco judge ruled on Thursday to strike from the city’s Nov. 2011 ballot a controversial measure that aimed to prohibit circumcision of males under 18.

The proposition attempts to regulate a medical procedure, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Loretta M. Giorgi wrote in her decision, and is therefore “expressly preempted” by existing California State law. Such propositions must be removed from the ballot, Giorgi wrote.

According to the Associated Press, the ballot measure’s proponent, Lloyd Schofield, is considering an appeal.

The judge’s decision was welcomed by the families and groups who brought the lawsuit aiming to have the measure removed from the ballot before it reached voters.

“While we are confident that the overwhelming majority of San Franciscans would have voted to defeat this extreme measure and are grateful for the outpouring of support from every sector of the community, we believe the right decision was made in the right venue,” Abby Michelson Porth, associate director of the Bay Area Jewish Community Relations Council, said in a statement.

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