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LA voters may decide on condoms in porn

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  • Rule requiring porn stars to wear condoms qualifies for June ballot
  • Proponents call ordinance public health, worker safety issue
  • Porn industry says STD testing is sufficient, state law already in place
LA voters may decide on condoms in porn

Porn movies may never be the same again.

And public health officials would be perfectly fine with that.

A measure that would require the use of condoms in all pornographic movies filmed within the city of Los Angeles has gathered enough signatures to appear on the ballot there next June. It's being backed by HIV/AIDS activists who view condom use as more effective than mandatory testing in stopping the transmission of STDs in the industry.

The president of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation says “This is not just about one industry, but about our entire community, as the spread of disease among adult film performers endangers themselves as well as their sexual partners in and outside the industry."

However some speed bumps remain in the road to get the "Safer Sex In The Adult Film Industry Act" before voters.

First, there already is a state law in California requiring porn actors to wear condoms -- however enforcing that law has been tricky. Proponents of the LA measure say a city ordinance would provide additional enforcement.

Then there's the issue of whether the city could even pass this act with a state law already on the books. A spokesman for the City Attorney tells CNN "We’re not trying to suppress the will of the voters or quash democracy," adding it's just that "we believe there are certain judicial questions or issues that are still out there.”

There is also resistance within the porn industry itself, despite a 2010 production shutdown after a porn actor tested positive for HIV.

The adult entertainment advocacy group Free Speech Coalition has labeled the ballot measure as "frivolous" arguing "the adult industry has been extraordinarily successful in preventing HIV infections through its testing protocols and self-regulation." Under existing law, porn stars must test negative for a variety of STDs within 30 days of filming in order to work.

The FSC also echoes concerns that the new rule would be unenforceable and not worth the estimated $4 million it will cost the cash-starved city to get it on the ballot.

So what's your take? Should porn actors be required to wear condoms as a matter of public health? Or does the porn industry have a valid claim that the measure will be difficult to enforce and they're already doing enough with their own STD testing? The comments section is below -- you know what to do.

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