Mandatory Condom Use in Porn Up For Vote in Los Angeles County

Several months after a nearly unanimous decision by the LA City Council to make condom use mandatory for all LA-based porn shoots, a similar measure is headed to the ballots in Los Angeles County in November. If passed, the ordinance would expand the city's regulations, which doesn't cover shoots inside of movie studios; the county's initiative would include all shoots showing sex and/or explicit nudity. Some 370,000 people signed the petition to qualify the initiative for the ballot, almost 140,000 more than the 232,000 required.

Lori Yeghiayan, a spokeswoman for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a major supporter of the bill, told the BBC the regulations are similar to those faced by other industries, like beauty salons and tattoo parlors, where "possible regular inspections" are possible. Sure, that makes sense in theory, but there might be a slight difference between inspecting your neighborhood hair salon and checking up on your local porn shoot. The difficulty of enforcing the law seems to holding up regulators in Los Angeles city, who have yet to find a way to enforce the ordinance over six months after it went into effect.

Naturally, those in the porn industry are against the measure. When the the initial ordinance was up for review in January, porn star Keiran Lee told the BBC that, "We found that a lot of viewers at home don't want to see condom porn," which is both super obvious and a major hindrance to the law considering that, according to Reuters, the overwhelming majority of U.S. porn productions take place in Los Angeles, specifically in the San Fernando Valley. The porn industry, which, according to a decade old estimate cited by the Los Angeles Times, generates some $4 billion a year in revenue for Los Angeles and employs up to 20,000 people, has threatened to move its productions from LA in the bill is passed.

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