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Los Angeles porn makers vow to fight new condom law

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 November, 2012, 3:41am

Porn film producers have vowed to challenge a new law requiring actors in adult movies to wear condoms while performing on set in Los Angeles County.

The Free Speech Coalition, the trade group that represents the adult film industry, said mandatory condoms would render porn filmmaking "untenable".

The multimillion-dollar US adult movie industry, which is largely based in the San Fernando Valley north of LA, says viewers do not want to watch safe sex.

"Besides the obvious excessive costs of compliance ... we believe the law is not only unconstitutional on the grounds of forced expression, but also falls within the jurisdiction of the state of California rather than local government," the body said in a letter, after 55.9 per cent of LA Country voters approved Measure B on Tuesday. Under the measure, adult filmmakers will have to apply for a permit from the county Department of Public Health to shoot sex scenes.

Campaigners gathered over 360,000 signatures to force the issue onto the ballot.

Michael Weinstein, president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, said: "It's clear the voters … saw it as a simple issue of health, safety and fairness."

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