Porn Industry Loses Court Fight Over Condoms
Federal judge says measure requiring them is valid
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 17, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
This file photo shows a sample of condoms distributed freely by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation at the AHF headquarters in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, file)

(Newser) – A federal judge has upheld as constitutional a Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms. Yesterday's ruling is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which was approved by voters last November. In the ruling, US District Judge Dean Pregerson wrote that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation presented sufficient evidence of the health risks involved.

The decision was cheered by the nonprofit AIDS Healthcare Foundation, one of the sponsors of the measure. The foundation was granted "intervener" status to defend the law against the porn industry's lawsuit. It's a "tremendous, tremendous victory, one that will go a long way to safeguard the health and safety of those adult performers working in the industry," says the group's president, per the LA Times. No word yet on whether the industry plans to take the legal fight further.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
Aug 20, 2013 5:27 PM CDT
Every porn fan knows it's the home made porn that's the best and they do whatever they please, this law is moot.
johnnylingo
Aug 18, 2013 10:13 AM CDT
Oh, don't worry. Just because it was passed by a majority vote by decent moral people in a democratic society doesn't mean it will stand for long. Look at Prop 8 for example.
Econ_101
Aug 18, 2013 9:56 AM CDT
What's next ? Come inspectors ??