November 8, 2012
With 100 percent of LA County's precincts reporting, voters approved a measure requiring porn performers to wear condoms while filming sex scenes. Measure B passed 56 percent to 44 percent in the November 6 election. Adult film producers will now be required to apply for a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes. To enforce compliance, permit fees will finance periodic inspections of film sets. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation sponsored the initiative and declares that the measure will help safeguard the public and the porn workers from sexually transmitted infections. However, the adult film industry, mainly centered in suburban Los Angeles, counters that the requirement is unnecessary, as the industry already polices itself by requiring performers to undergo monthly tests for HIV and other infections.
The adult entertainment industry has subsequently pledged to overturn the measure by suing. The Free Speech Coalition -- a trade group representing the adult entertainment industry -- explained on November 7 that it plans to file a lawsuit to overturn the condom requirement on the grounds that Measure B is unconstitutional. Diane Duke, the coalition's executive director, stated that, "The adult film industry will not just stand by and let it destroy our business." The adult industry representatives also mentioned that they are exploring the idea of moving to neighboring states as soon as possible. The AIDS Healthcare Foundation says the issue is a public health and safety issue, not a free speech issue.