LA to vote on mandatory condom use in porn industry

Enough signatures have now been collected in Los Angeles to ensure that the issue of whether the use of condoms should become mandatory in the porn industry can be voted upon by residents of the area.

The Aids Healthcare Foundation worked with numerous stars of the adult film industry to generate support and last week they announced the signatures will be submitted for a ballot initiative next year.

If made law, the act would mean that all film permits distributed in the city condition the use of condoms and periodic inspection of adult film sets to ensure compliance.

President of the organisation Michael Weinstein said performers in pornographic content have the right to health and safety laws afforded to them. But until now, the condom use has not been tied to whether or not a film permit is given. The California Code of Regulations already includes a clause for producers of adult movies to ensure "barrier protection" is utilised, although this is "consistently" violated, said Brian Chade, assistant general counsel for the foundation.

However, first amendment attorney Paul Cambria was quoted by the AVN Media Network suggesting that such an act would go against constitutional rights. The permit department, he explained, is not authorised to enforce health rules.