LA Council Backs Law Requiring Condoms in Porn

Safe sex measure passes preliminary vote

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 11, 2012 5:38 AM CST

(Newser) – No condom might equal no sex for the nation's biggest porn industry. The Los Angeles City Council has given preliminary approval to a law requiring porn actors to practice safe sex during filming, the Los Angeles Times reports. The measure, which passed 11-1, will return for final approval next week. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation had collected enough signatures to make the measure a ballot initiative.

"We can spend literally millions of dollars on an unnecessary election or we can do the right thing for free,” Councilman Paul Koretz said before the vote. “For better or worse, the city of Los Angeles is nationally known as the capital of the adult film industry. We should be nationally known, also, as the home of a safe adult film industry."

Former adult film performer Derrick Burts, who is HIV-positive, spoke in favor of the proposal.
Former adult film performer Derrick Burts, who is HIV-positive, spoke in favor of the proposal.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Protesters outside Larry Flynt's corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills call for safer porn.
Protesters outside Larry Flynt's corporate headquarters in Beverly Hills call for safer porn.   (Photo: Business Wire)
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