LA Voters Pass Law Requiring Porn Stars to Wear Condoms
They also reject 'Frankenfood' labels
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2012 12:59 PM CST
Supporters of Vote Yes on B in Los Angeles, the condoms in porn measure on the November ballot led by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, hand out voter information and free condoms.   (Photo by Joe Kohen/AP Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation)

(Newser) – Californians voted yesterday in a pair of hot-button referendums, passing a law mandating that porn stars wear condoms while striking down another that would require the food industry to label genetically modified foods. The former means that adult performers in LA County not only have to wrap up, reports the LA Times, but producers will also have to get a public health permit, like tattoo parlors, something AIDS activists say is a major step forward. That bill passed with a 59% majority.

The bill that would require foods containing genetically modified ingredients to bear a label reading "Made with GMO" was struck down by a 53% to 47% margin, reports NPR. Opponents said the labels would be expensive and confusing to consumers, not to mention ubiquitous in grocery stores, since many items include GMO corn and soy products. The so-called Frankenfood bill's popularity dropped off a cliff after Monsanto waged a $46 million ad war against it; supporters of the bill vow to continue fighting for the labels.

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BCS
Nov 8, 2012 1:01 PM CST
Just shows you where priorities are. They shoot down prop 37 to label GMO but they're worried about who's doing what with their own genitals. The attitude here is "Let government, and giant corporations poison us without telling us, so we can worry about taking away peoples freedom to make personal choices. Just one small example of a general attitude in this festering Republic.
UncleMartin
Nov 8, 2012 5:18 AM CST
Typical California priorities!!! GEEEEZE! And they make fun of the Mid-West..........there ain't a nuttier state in the whole union.........
Plato
Nov 7, 2012 11:09 PM CST
There is more than one issue concerning genetically modified food. One issue not commonly known concerns herbicides. Monsanto manufactures and sells herbicides. Herbaceous plants {vegetables} need to be free of grass and weeds to make a good crop, therefore this is done with herbicides. A lot of these weeds and grasses are tough, it takes a lot of herbicides to kill them, so much so that it will kill the herbaceous plants being cultivated. So, these herbaceous plants are genically altered to tolerate larger doses of herbicides that can kill the weeds and grasses but not the genically altered food crop. This means Monsanto sells more herbicides to the farmers and the farmers get a better yield per acre. It also means a hell of lot more herbicides soak into the soil and a hell of lot more is washed into streams and rivers.