Mayor Villaraigosa Signs Porn Condom Ordinance Into Law

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Tuesday signed an ordinance into law requiring male actors in pornographic videos to wear condoms. The ordinance was passed by the City Council last week.

The new municipal law — the first of its kind in the nation — was backed by the Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Michael Weinstein, president of AHF, said it was “a great day for Los Angeles, a great day for the performers and a great day for safer sex.”

Many porn actors and producers publicly opposed the ordinance.

Nina Hartley, an actress who is also a registered nurse, called the initiative “pure politics” and denied that it would make actors safer. Hartley says increased costs and oversight will drive more filming underground.

According to Hartley, actors in the porn industry sometimes have intercourse for 30-60 minutes, and a condom could cause chafing, leading to open sores and a greater risk of transmitting diseases.

The City Council agreed to form a panel drawn from the City Attorney’s Office, police and personnel departments and Cal/OSHA to figure out how to enforce the new rule.

The costs for on-set inspections will be offset by an additional permit fee charged to production companies.

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

AHF is leading an initiative to require the county’s Department of Public Health to issue health permits for X-rated productions, similar to those given to restaurants, barbershops and massage parlors.

After the council passed the ordinance Jan. 17, murmurs that porn bosses would take their business outside county lines prompted Simi Valley Mayor Bob Huber to request a similar ordinance be drawn up for his city.

Huber hopes the passing of a comparable condom law will keep the productions from setting up shop in Simi.

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  1. antoniio says:

    it is nobody’s business if somebody else uses or not condoms !!

  2. Sage Advice says:

    So when do they start invading the bedrooms of ordinary citizens to make sure those people wear condoms? There is 10000 times more banging without condoms going on there and rarely doe ordinary citizens ever get checked for HIV at ALL! Keep your Nazi fascism to yourself – you try to “inspect” whether I’m using a condom and you’ll be in for a nice .45AACP surprise between the eyes.

    Best line in the article: “Exactly how the law will be enforced is still to be determined.”

    Which is to say, it’s a useless “feel good” law with no ability to enforce it – and nobody will. It comes down to just another revenue generator for a money-hungry city that is broke, still trying to meet Villaraigangster’s paycheck.

  3. Jim Koy says:

    I thought Mayor Villaraigosa was supposed to be a hip, ACLU-like liberal, so why would he choose to dictate the use of contraception by consenting-adults while emboldening Religious Rightists that’ll inevitably use such a “condom-ordinance” in their podunk-towns, too, as yet another anti-sex weapon? Besides that, the porn-industry will simply flee to a neighboring-town that’ll get to reap the revenue-rewards. The L.A. Council and Mayor V ought be ashamed of themselves (and, if not, then go back to whatever “Tupelo”-like Bible-Belt city you came from)!

  4. chatsworth doc says:

    This is the most ridiculous “law” i have ever read. Hey Tony, how about address the REAL issues facing this City, huh? Traffic, crime, illegal immigration, a crumbling infrastructure, loosing business to other Cities and States……..

  5. Mustang says:

    Was Antonio Villarigosa wearing a condom at the time he was seeing the reporter back then, M.S.? You can’t go around and sign something that doesn’t need attention.But then you can’t cover your tracks. The porn industry is a mutimillion dollar business. Nina Hartley is correct. If you put on regular gloves on – it’s going to last for 10 minutes. A condom will not last for even 30 minutes.You have the moisture and wetness of the man and woman for each interacting use.The condom is vulnerable to rip during its use. For unwanted pregnancies, you have people not utilizing the condom. And if they do, the condom is ripped. Then you have teen pregnancy. Some of them don’t use the condom because they prefer the “feel” for each other and more pleasure.
    But the problem also if anyone remembers – they were some actors or actresses to have CAL/OSHA intervene in the business for some 4 to 7 years ago. They have to work in the worst conditions. Now they see what happens. Once you allow for people to come in – they will dictate how the work in their cities needs to be runned. Maybe Mr. Villarigosa needs to sit in a porn production and see how long do male performers need to be with their actress to work on various sexual positions. Maybe perhaps get him a job after he gets beaten for re-election or steps down. Look how many guys and women attend the L.A. Erotica or Adult-Con is each year? This should be up for voting in November for the City and County of Los Angeles. After all, how many young and old adults would prefer to have sex without the condom? The condom prevents the person(s) getting infected, but the person(s) are still vulnerable. Or the condom takes the feel away from pleasure for both people involved. What if the actress decides the no use condom on the set? This should be up for the voting in November. How many office personnel in the City of Los Angeles utilize protection while at work or on lunch? Let it die down a little.

  6. Wrap It Up. Save a Life. says:

    OBAMA 2012!

    FACT: Any law restricting commercial sex need only be rationally related to a legitimate governmental interest. Under the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution, state governments (including municipalities) have certain police powers. Here, this law is being mandated for the health, safety, and general welfare purposes of the citizens of this state. Porn stars, as commercial sex workers closely connected to the porn star industry, cannot go on and on spreading their nasty STDs absent protection, especially living in an age where herpes, HIV/AIDS, and other incurable STDs has taken its disporportionate toll workers in that industry whose sole purpose is to engage in paid sex acts in that industry in return for money, and routinely with folks they don’t even know.

    Go back to school and take a Constitutional Law class. You a republican by any chance, no?

    If you are paying for sex or receiving pay in return for providing sexual favors, this is commercial sex, you are not protected by non-commercial sex rules between, for example, a couple doing it in their own bedrooms with each other.

    Learn the facts. Pick up a con law book. If you are an angry porn artist who is against the mandate or a friendly supporter of such porn artists, just go work in another county. You will not be missed at all my dears.

    1. Roger says:

      Thanx for the con law class… now why don’t you take a class on tax revenue…obviously, one is aware of the objective….but really isn’t this a smoke screen for the fact that these local politicians aren’t really getting anything else accomplished as far as how to bring in more businesses?…AHF is always a day late and a dollar short with respect to these issues in the same way that they pushed for the city’s bath houses to falll under the purview of the Dept of Healthsome years back and at a time when most HIV infections were already being facilitated via online hooking up…. This law shows blatant ignorance over the financial impat this indusrty has faced and also underscores that folks making these decisions don’t know what is going on more broadly in the industry…Specifically, the impact that amature porn production has had thanks to technology and how this impact has already ensured that LA at some poiint in the not too distant future will no longer be the world’s porn capital…. and this law only expedites that transformation… and believe me we will all miss the added tax revenue from this industry.

    2. Mustang says:

      Wrap It Up. Save a Life,
      Hold on there, Cowboy! Are you instigating me as a Republican? You maybe right about the three and a half sentences about state governments having certain policing powers. How many of these people like watching porn? Either Democrat or Republican? If it wasn’t for certain pornstars coming forward by asking CAL/OSHA to mandate about 4 to 7 years ago – this would’ve never gone through. The adult industry is a separate entity. Now, you invite in CAL/OSHA into the business then I just invited everyone into the business to have someone tell me how to run the business. The porn people aren’t the brightest in the world. Some are nurses which they throw their career away.

      Now there are ways people do get exposed and infected. This isn’t international. Performers travel outide the country and get exposed to the diseases and not even knowing it pass it onto their cast. It ruins everything. Politicians can view porn. Who is going to say? You’re telling me take a Constitutional class to learn the different Amendments. I did that in college. Even the porn industry in some actors and actresses would amend the First Amendment. Everyone has their own interpretations. Everyone is guilty of some sort of infections or adultery. What the porn industry acts out. We act out ourselves. I like Obama, too!

      If you had a strict Mayor of Los Angeles who wasn’t involved in scandals or having intimate relationships with women outside the family house – I’m all for making restrictions on having the porn industry utilize the condoms. But everyone is so corrupt. It’s not about what party I’m in or the way I think.

  7. Kevin says:

    there is all that and thats the truth, Guess we are now gonna still hear how broke Los Angeles still is. Hey Mr, Mayor you and ur city counsel instead of trying to raise income for the city just drove a cashcow to another city. guess your pot holes wont get filled now

    Listen to Nina

  8. Lame says:

    Bye bye multi-billion dollar industry…It’s not like we need the tax revenue.

    Let’s see what they destroy next.

  9. groapair says:

    nina hartly is a “turd bather” LOL

  10. The Mad Man says:

    This is a morale issue. Why do we need a law to protect the stupid. If you get a disease, that is your problem. If you want to spread A.I.D.S. and HIV, then live with the fact that you have destroyed somebody’s life. Create the morality law, not a state law that tell you when to use common sense.

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