Should porn stars wear condoms? Voters may decide

Published on December 28, 2011 at 5:03 PM · No Comments

By Dr Ananya Mandal, MD

The adult film industry shut down completely in the first week of September after an HIV-positive result was reported at a Florida testing facility. The test turned out to be a false positive, and filming resumed shortly.

HIV/AIDS activists may now be winning their argument mandating all porn stars to wear condoms now that the Los Angeles City Clerk has officially verified the gathered signatures on a proposed ballot measure. The measure, championed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would require filmmakers to agree to use condoms on their sets in order to obtain a city permit for filming. The measure gathered more than 70,000 signatures, almost twice the 41,000 signatures required. Ged Kenslea, a spokesman for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said, “We’re thrilled we’ve passed this initial threshold…We believe we’re going to prevail in court and look forward to taking this issue directly to the voters.”

From there, the petition must be presented to the Los Angeles City Council, which has twenty days to take action on the measure in one of three ways: immediately adopt the ordinance on all terms, schedule a special election or add the ballot measure to a previously scheduled election. The council has yet to be notified. The measure is likely to be appended to the June 2012 elections, according to the LA Times.

But the initiative still faces a legal challenge by Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich, who filed court papers earlier this month saying Los Angeles voters would have no legal authority to adopt the proposed measure even if it were placed on the ballot. He argued that only the state could legally impose rules requiring the use of condoms on porn sets.

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