L.A. County Voters to Decide on Requiring Condoms in Porn
AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said Wednesday his group has collected 371,000 signatures — far more than the 232,000 needed — in support of a ballot measure that activists say would help protect porn actors from HIV and STDs. The initiative would require adult film producers to obtain a health permit from Los Angeles County, pay a fee, and mandate the use of condoms for vaginal and anal sex.
The L.A. County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office “certified that the initiative received the sufficient number of signatures to qualify for the ballot” in the November 2012 election, Efrain Escobedo, manager of government and legislative affairs, said Tuesday. However, the county Board of Supervisors still must vote to approve the measure for the ballot.
The countywide ballot initiative follows the city of Los Angeles passing a law in January directing porn performers to wear condoms while filming in areas requiring a city film permit. Condom requirements in the porn industry, centered in the San Fernando Valley, have been a controversial issue for more than a decade.
AIDS activist say requiring condoms is necessary under state and federal workplace safety laws that require employers to protect employees from potentially infectious bodily fluids. But state lawmakers and the L.A. County Board of Supervisors both have been hesitant to do so. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, whose district includes the San Fernando Valley, said the state, not the county, needs to act to protect adult film performers.
Weinstein is confident the measure will pass, citing results from a March poll showing 63 percent of more than 1,000 likely voters would vote in its favor. “The people are ahead of the politicians on this issue,” he said. “There’s never been something on the ballot as sexually explicit as this, so it’s going to be excellent education for people.”
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Rong-Gong Lin II, L.A. Now blog
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