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San Francisco Judge to Strike Circumcision Ban From Ballot

THe judge will hear arguments Thursday before final ruling.

SAN FRANCISCO (The Blaze/AP) -- A San Francisco trial judge says she intends to strike a ban on male circumcision from the city's November ballot.

Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi said in a tentative ruling Wednesday that the proposed law prohibiting circumcision of male children violates a California law that makes regulating medical procedures a function of the state, not cities.

Giorgi ordered San Francisco's elections director to remove the controversial measure from the ballot to be considered by city voters.

The San Francisco city attorney's office says Giorgi plans to hear arguments on the issue Thursday before making her ruling final.

The ban's sponsor, anti-circumcision activist Lloyd Schofield, did not immediately respond to a telephone call and email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

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