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

(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.

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)
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