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It wasn't just the race for President that concluded on Tuesday (November 8th), the votes were also counted for the California's Proposition 60. The Prop's aim was to make it mandatory for adult film actors to wear condoms, something that divided the industry.

While some porn stars supported Prop 60 as it would help to reduce the risk of STIs in the industry, others protested against it. Although it was being portrayed as a health and safety measure - although not one many of us would have to deal with - concerns were raised that it would mean the porn industry of California would move out of state.

After 96 per cent of the votes were counted, the people had spoken and Proposition 60 was defeated by a 53.9 per cent to 46.1 per cent margin. Those within the industry have celebrated the results, despite the fact that it was hoping to reduce STIs following the revelation in the last few years that some working adult film actors had been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.

If Prop 60 had been voted in, all actors engaging in sex scenes would have been forced to wear condoms. Films that were produced where the actors did not use this form of protection would risk legal action including lawsuits. Many companies located in California simply said that if the proposition went through, they would take their business and money elsewhere, damaging California's economy.

The main area that would have been affected is Southern California, especially San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, which has become known as 'Porn Valley' due to the number of adult entertainment companies that operate there.

While there are regulations in place to ensure that porn actors wear condoms for protection, the law often isn't enforced. In fact, only four citations were issued in 2014 and 2015, which saw the backers of Prop 60 arguing that a stricter law is needed.

It could be argued that Prop 60 should have gone through, especially when one in four adult entertainment actors has an STI and, therefore, put fellow actors in dangers when they don't wear condoms.