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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
Former adult film performer Derrick Burts, who is HIV-positive, spoke in favor of the proposal.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(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."

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fractal
Jan 11, 2012 2:29 PM CST
This isn't just about protecting actors. When people are turned on, they are in a vulnerable mental state. Not much of a frontal lobe filter working. When physically safe sex is turned into an exciting taboo to break, the porn industry is willfully promoting dangerous practices for pure profit---your hypothalamus is undefended, and is no match for their brainwashing. If porn is made with safe sex standards, many will see this as customary, and adopt the practice. Pragmatic public health. No one is breaking the constitution by this requirement. Use some common sense.
GreekChorus
Jan 11, 2012 1:04 PM CST
... and California looks to drive out yet another business from its state. I bet Nevada would be far more sensible.
anthonynottony84
Jan 11, 2012 8:59 AM CST
Oh please, relax. Stop with this "slippery slope" nonsense. The gov't has a role to play, protecting coal miners is fine, forcing people to wear condoms is overstepping it. When it comes to sex and marriage or anything else with human sexuality, the gov't needs to mind it's own business.