L.A. condom law makes it on the ballot
The hotly-debated "condom law" proposed in Los Angeles, which would require adult film performers to wear condoms while on set, has qualified for the June ballot. A letter for the city clerk states that groups supporting the law gathered enough signatures, and now it will be up to voters to decide, according to The Los Angeles Times.
While this is seen as a step forward for safe-sex advocates, there are still some hurdles the ballot measure must cross. City Attorney Carmen Trutanich has filed court papers claiming that voters in the city would have no legal authority to put the measure in place, even if it is included on the ballot.
Despite the potential setbacks, supporters of the bill are applauding.
"We're thrilled we've passed this initial threshold," Ged Kenslea, a spokesman for AIDS Healthcare Foundation, told the news source. "We believe we're going to prevail in court and look forward to taking this issue directly to the voters."
In all, proponents of the bill gathered more than 80,000 signatures, many more than the 41,000 needed. This may indicate that the bill is popular among the citizens of Los Angeles. The City of Angles is home to much of the adult film industry, which is at the center of a safe sex debate after an actor was recently diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
Derrick Burts, who performed in films under the names Cameron Reid and Derek Chambers, was diagnosed with HIV last October, according to CBS and The Associated Press. He has since become an advocate for the usage of condoms in porn. While it was initially believed that Burts had contracted the disease while on a shoot for an adult film, it was later revealed that he was infected through personal sexual activities.