Men Win Right to Be Hookers in Nevada
Brothel lobbyist predicts 'Pearl Harbor' for industry
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 14, 2009 7:50 AM CST
Randolph College students tour the historic Chicken Ranch brothel Thursday, April 10, 2008, in Pahrump, Nevada.   (AP Photo/ Ronda Churchill)

(Newser) – Gay marriage may have taken a few steps backwards this year, but male hookers just won the right to work in Nevada brothels, and they can choose to accept male or female clients, just as female prostitutes can. Men can now be employed as well as women, thanks to a change in laws that previously stipulated "cervical" STD testing for sex workers. And while it doesn't change the legal status of homosexuality itself, it's still stirred opposition.

“We’ve worked hard for years to make the traditional brothel business... socially acceptable and something we can be proud of,” a brothel industry lobbyist tells the Las Vegas Sun. “We have some concerns that this can be diluted.” He went on to compare the change to Pearl Harbor.