Mayor of Los Angeles Signs Mandate Requiring Condoms in Porn

It’s now official. In about 40 days, the use of condoms will be required by law on any licensed adult film shoot in the city of Los Angeles. The bill is the first in the nation’s history to require contraceptives in pornography. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa signed the bill into law on Monday, and now some industry analysts are saying that directors, producers and actors will begin to take their business elsewhere, according to Fox News.

Nearby Simi Valley, which is also home to a number of adult film companies, is considering similar legislation. In part, the town is mulling the decision because they fear that, barred from going condom-less in Los Angeles, adult film makers will move their shoots into nearby suburbs.

Those who promote sexual health education and safe sex methods, including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, are applauding Villaraigosa’s decision, saying that it is a step forward in preventing the spread of AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections. President of the foundation, Michael Weinstein, has vowed to follow the porn industry if it moves to new locations.

“The city of Los Angeles has done the right thing,” Weinstein told The Associated Press. “They’ve done the right thing for the performers.”

The mayor’s signature prevents the bill from going to the public. Initially, it was slated to be on the ballot this June, but under advisement from the Los Angeles City Council, the mayor adopted the ordinance himself, saving the county an estimated $4 million to hold the vote, Fox reports.

However, despite the bill, there may be ways around the law that would still allow condom-less pornography to be filmed in the city. Diane Duke, director of the industry trade group the Free Speech Coalition, told the news source that the law only relates to film makers who require a permit. Films shot in a sound stage, which most pornographic movies are, do not require such a permit, thus evading the law.

Furthermore, Duke, whose group is linked to the pornography industry, cited Nevada and Florida as two potential states that would have lax laws regarding adult films. Still, it’s unclear whether or not other states would welcome in the industry with open arms.

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