Voters decide gay LA porn stars must wear condoms

AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said this was a massive victory for safer sex

Voters decide gay LA porn stars must wear condoms
07 November 2012

Voters have decided gay porn stars must wear condoms in Los Angeles, it was announced today (7 November).

In perhaps one of the least publicized voters of the US elections, 55.9% of LA County people approved the law.

Speaking to the LA Times, AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said this was a major referendum on the subject of safer sex.

‘We have shown our resolve that we are not going to give up on this issue,’ Weinstein told the LA Times. ‘Now that the people have spoken so overwhelmingly, it is the responsibility for the Board of Supervisors and the county Health Department to act immediately to enforce this law.’

Under the measure, porn producers would have to purchase a public health permit like tattoo parlors.

It was opposed by a coalition of porn industry producers, who have said the law would force them out of Los Angeles and cost the region jobs.

Opponents to the law said the pornography industry should be trusted to police itself, and said performers are regularly tested for disease. On average, gay performers are tested once per week.

They also said consumers do not want to buy pornography in which condoms are used.

In a video, porn stars Tera Patrick and Ron Jeremy said: ‘A mandatory condom law will not make our workplace any safer, but it will drive our $20 billion industry and 10,000 jobs out of LA county.’

Violators of the condom law, known as Measure B, will be fined and charged with a criminal offence.

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