Measure B Passes: Condoms Now Required On Porn Sets

Dusten Carlson

Los Angeles, CA - With 100 percent of all county precincts reporting in, Measure B, which requires porn stars to wear condoms while performing, passed 56 percent to 44 percent during Tuesday's election.

The AP reports that adult film producers will now be required to obtain a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. They'll need to pay for their permits, which will finance regular inspections of film sets in order to enforce compliance.

Measure B was sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, who say that the initiative will help keep the public, and porn actors, safe from sexually transmitted infections.

The adult film industry, by contrast, called Measure B unnecessary and unconstitutional, since they already require performers to undergo monthly tests for HIV and other STIs. Additionally, they believe that viewers won't enjoy sex scenes in which condoms are used, causing some to consider moving out of the San Fernando Valley in suburban Los Angeles to other states.

The Free Speech Coalition, a trade group that represents the adult entertainment industry, said on Wednesday that they plan to file a lawsuit to overthrow Measure B.

"We believe in the calm, serious deliberations of the legal system, we will find that Measure B is in fact unconstitutional," Diane Duke, the coalition's executive director, said in a statement. "The adult film industry will not just stand by and let it destroy our business."

Michael Weinstein, the president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said that he isn't bothered by the threat of lawsuit. Furthermore, the industry relocation argument did not convince voters, he said. "There was a very high degree of awareness about this proposition," he said. "Voters were educated about it."

Roughly 200 companies produce adult films in Los Angeles. A two-year health permit would cost about $11,000, comparable to permits for tattoo and massage parlors. "We don't want one more person to get HIV," he said.

What do you think? Was the passage of Measure B a good thing or unnecessarily invasive?

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