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Porn stars must use condoms in LA

January 18, 2012
United Press International - January 18, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Porn producers who want to film in Los Angeles had better remember to bring condoms to the set since the City Council made their use mandatory.

The council voted 9-1 Tuesday to require condoms be used on all film shoots in the city, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Surprise workplace inspections will be financed by fees collected from porn producers, the Times said.

"This is government overreach," Diane Duke of the lobbying group Free Speech Coalition said. "It's not about performer health and safety; it's about government regulating what happens between consenting adults." The measure was sought by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation as a way to protect the health of porn actors but was opposed by the porn industry, the newspaper said.

"It's a great day for the performers and safer sex in our society," foundation President Michael Weinstein said. "This is the first legislative body to take up the issue, and the near-unanimous support is very gratifying." The ordinance pre-empts the foundation's push to get the measure put on the ballot for a public referendum, but it will still try to get similar legislation passed in Los Angeles County and in San Francisco.

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