Los Angeles lawmakers vote to force porn actors to wear condoms

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Los Angeles lawmakers vote to force porn actors to wear condoms

LOS ANGELES - Los Angeles city lawmakers voted Tuesday to require porn actors to wear condoms on set, the latest move in a battle between AIDS activists and the California-based U.S. adult film industry.

In a vote which must be confirmed next week, the City Council approved by 11 to 1 an ordinance to enforce the condom requirement and make companies pay a fee for a film permit to finance inspections.

The vote came after the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which has long campaigned for condom use on porn sets, collected enough signatures to force LA city fathers either to pass the ordinance or organize a costly public vote.

AHF President Michael Weinstein described the vote as a step toward regulating what he called the “machine that was promoting unsafe sex” in the U.S. porn film industry, based in the San Fernando Valley, north of Los Angeles.

But Nina Hartley, a registered nurse and porn actress since 1984, blasted the ordinance. She said adult film shoots require sexual intercourse that lasts 30-60 minutes and that wearing a condom for that long would lead to chafing, open sores and a greater risk of transmitting diseases.

“It’s a disaster for health and safety. I know it looks different from the outside, but it will not work to protect anybody,” she said.


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