Nude Dudes Sues - Judge Smells a Rat Terrier

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July 17, 2006

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Do you ever feel bombarded by a headline in the news? Being obstinate by nature, I often refuse to check out the whole story even if the title seems titillating. That how I almost missed a tale whose back-story is far more interesting than the fact someone wants a tanned, naked backside.

I'm sure you've seen a view online reports sourced from the AP ((07/14/06) about a nude sunbather who wants the right to bring his dog, "Cheekies" with him to Fire Island. Meanwhile, officials at Fire Island National Seashore claim that only seeing-eye dogs are allowed on the clothing optional beach near Kismet, where Marc Delcore, a resident of Queens, former bodybuilder and Gay Games competitor likes to go.

Although it's a bit of a stereotype, a gay man wanting to tan naked accompanied by a little dog his hardly news. However, one can see the actual lawsuit brought by Mr. Delcore against park officials on The Smoking Gun website (07/13/06). Why Delcore thinks an exception should be made for his canine friend that he calls a service animal, is rather unusual.

In an interview with The Smoking Gun Delcore explains that he was in a Lower Manhattan gym the day of the 9/11 attack. He had to evacuate the facility while his skin was still wet and after the first tower collapsed, strange white powdered debris coated him sticking to his moist skin. Since that time, after coming in contact with the unidentified substance, he believes that he has developed a chronic but unnamed skin condition that requires constant exposure to large amounts of sun.

Besides sunlight, his pet rat terrier has also helped him cope with the resulting post-traumatic stress syndrome and other problems that have caused him to go on disability leave from his former job at a New York bank.

Meanwhile, the New York Daily News reports that Central Islip Federal Judge Joseph Bianco told Mark DelCore at a hearing, "I haven't seen any evidence that would suggest that this dog is trained in some way connected to your medical or physical condition."

I guess for the judge, he sees it all as a case of pure "puppy"cock as opposed to the traditional poppyock of most lawsuits.

Posted by Will Peters at July 17, 2006 2:25 PM

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