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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
LA Council Backs Law Requiring Condoms in Porn
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.

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"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." (Read more AIDS stories.)

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