Porn stars angry at condom requirement, threaten to leave L.A.

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from www.latimes.com – AIDS activists called a requirement that porn performers wear condoms while filming a “referendum on the subject of safer sex.”

But with almost all the votes tallied and Measure B winning passage, many in the adult film industry were wondering what’s next for the industry — and whether they must now take their business out of Los Angeles County.

During its campaign against the condom requirement, the industry said 10,000 jobs would be at stake and that film companies might be forced to leave Los Angeles County, taking away an industry worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

“It’s a dark day for porn…somehow measure b passed.” tweeted @FetishMoviesCom.

Under the measure, the cost of the law would be paid for by porn producers, who would have to purchase a public health permit, much like tattoo parlors. Violators would be subject to fines and misdemeanor criminal charges.

Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation which advocated for mandatory condom use, said it remains to be seen how the county plans to enforce the new law.

“Now that the people have spoken so overwhelmingly, it is the responsibility for the Board of Supervisors and the county Health Department to act immediately to enforce this law,” Weinstein said.

Here’s a Twitter roundup of what some adult film industry stars and watchers are saying:

Yes on B: As of 5:23am PST, 55.85% of LA County voters officially chose performers’ health over industry profits and consumer demands. #YESonB
wins!

Kayme Kai: For everyone that voted Yes on Measure B, Good Job Numb Nuts! You just pushed a billion dollar industry out of Cali. SMH

John Fetish Movies: It’s a dark day for porn…somehow measure b passed : (

Dave: Well California, you really messed up this time. #NoonMeasureB

Conner Habib: Straight porn peeps: Why go to LV? There must be tons of cheap studio space just outside county lines. Or am I missing something?

Buttman Magazine: #noonmeasureb Guess we will be looking for shoot locations in Ventura, Kern and San Bernadino Counties. LA Doesn’t want the business here!

James Deen: measure b seemed to pass… Hopefully people will learn safe sex from it and at least now I get to travel… a lot!!!! (Always an up side)

Laura D:Woke up to 100% reporting and it was 55/44. **sigh** #NoOnB we tried… Now to challenge it.

jolenestarshine @rare_basement porn will leave Los Angeles for somewhere without the regulation, thousands will lose their jobs.

Andy Appleton: SO many problems arise if yes on B passes, everyone will REALLY have been duped if they win. We are staying positive, the battle MUST go on.

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