Mandatory Condom Use For Porn Actors Passes First Hurdle In City Council

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The city of Los Angeles moved one step closer on Tuesday to becoming the first U.S. city to require the use of condoms on adult film sets.

KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta reports the City Council vote paves the way for a follow-up vote later this year.

The council’s 11-to-1 vote paved the way for a measure that would directly impact day-to-day operations on adult film productions throughout the city.

“It makes a condition of getting a film permit that they follow the health laws, which require the use of condoms,” said Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The organization collected an estimated 71,000 signatures to put the matter before voters in June.

Under the ordinance, anyone issued a permit to shoot an adult film must provide and require the use of condoms on set, and a fee is to be charged for the permits in order to cover the cost of inspections.

A state law already exists requiring the use of “barrier protection” on adult film sets, but is rarely enforced, advocates of the measure say.

City attorney Carmen Trutanich filed a lawsuit in December asking a judge to rule on the legality of the initiative and calling instead for the state to regulate health matters.

After scoring its first major legal victory on the matter, the AHF will now focus its efforts on getting a measure on the LA County ballot in November that would require porn producers to get a public health permit.

But Weinstein insisted his foundation is not opposed to porn.

“It comes down to fairness and health and safety,” he said.

The City Attorney’s Office said it expects the pornography industry to file a lawsuit.

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  1. Hardmoney says:

    So, is LA going hire a bunch of genital inspectors to enforce this new law or is Mayor Villar going to do all the checking himself?

  2. joe says:

    Why not outlaw pornography that way we don’t have to worry about this issue. Allowing porn on the internet and video keeps sex crimes up. Not to mention unwanted pregnancies.

    1. Hardmoney says:

      Hey Joe…why don’t we just outlaw sex altogether. Maybe we could issue citations to both of your parents.

  3. Mike Jones says:

    The issue of the L.A. city council requiring condom use in adult entertainment is not about the safety of the performers, the producers use STD battery tests to insure that, the issue is the censorship of the images that the industry produces. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants to promote safe sex practices and censoring what they deem as unsafe sex from visual media is part of that effort.
    The… reality is that because of the industries rigorous testing procedures, it really is safe sex. It’s safer even than a monogamous relationship actually, because every performer is tested before preforming whereas a spouse might be cheating on you without your knowledge and never get tested.
    Furthermore I would go on to point out that the likelihood of infection (with a proper testing regime) is relatively low, you wouldn’t ban stunts from movies because one or two stuntmen were injured over the course of a few years would you? Did anyone propose banning guns from movies when Brandon Lee got accidentally shot?
    Yet despite the fact that HIV is even now treatable and not fatal (indeed, those infected have to take medication and are limited in their reproduction, it is little more than a minor disability), you propose that the rare possibility of an accident is cause to impose visual censorship on the entire industry?
    This entire issue has been trumped up by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a lobby group who’s seeing the waning of the significance of their cause and is therefore drumming up publicity in the hopes of spurring corporate and private donation so that they can prolong their proverbial gravy train. Why else would they choose to trumpet the issue now, after HIV has been treatable and manageable for years? Clearly this is an issue of this group seeking donations and exploiting the corruption of the L.A. city council to drum up publicity.
    This is nothing more or less than an attempt to censor visual media in the movie capital of the world. If they censor adult entertainment in the name of “public health” today, why not censor violence in movies tomorrow, or how about ideas that aren’t conducive to the public wellbeing such as certain lyrics in rap music? If one special interest group can censor one form of creative expression, why not others?
    This is a direct assault on free speech and free expression, nothing more and nothing less and it is not the end. You don’t take away people’s rights with one stroke or there’ll be public outcry, you do it incrementally in little baby steps and that’s what this is, a step toward censorship.
    If they want their industry to survive the porn producers should found a superPAC right now and start fighting for the recall of every city council member who voted for this ban, and anyone who supports freedom of artistic expression should support them.

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  5. Smart Jo says:

    This is a great idea. Since so many young teens and young adults watch porn, if they see these porn stars wear condoms and put them on properly, then the hype of sex without a condom can start to go down… thus helping prevent unwanted pregnancies, STDs, STIs, and even more importantly, the spread of HIV and AIDS.

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