California voters reject condoms for porn actors

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The adult film industry scored a big victory in California as voters Tuesday rejected a ballot proposition that would have required porn film actors to wear condoms in all their sex scenes.

Proposition 60 was portrayed as a workplace health and safety measure — albeit an unusual one — that critics said would have chased the vast adult-film industry out of state.

With 96% of the vote counted, the proposition was defeated by a 53.9% to 46.1% margin.

Proponents argued Proposition 60 was needed to the lower venereal disease risk to performers, especially in light of revelations in recent years that some actors had been diagnosed as carrying the AIDS virus.

It would have required licensing of adult film producers, made distributors and agents liable for violations and would have allowed lawsuits to go forward against for producers.

Opponents countered that the measure went too far by going after adult film industry workers if a condom is not visible in sex scenes. The solution for the industry would be simple, they contended. They would just pack up and leave the state.

The measure was of special interest in Southern California, where the adult film industry is centered. Los Angeles’ San Fernando Valley, a section of city northwest of downtown, has sometimes been called “porn valley” because so many adult film production companies have set up shop there.

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