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Condoms in porn: Group wants to take campaign statewide

November 9, 2012 |  8:05 am

SPREADSHEET: Look at how cities and council districts voted on the porn-condom measure

The AIDS group that won a 12-point victory in favor a porn condom law in Los Angeles County is seeking to take its campaign to California's Legislature.

The L.A.-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation says it is seeking  a lawmaker in Sacramento to carry legislation to broaden the power of California occupational health and safety officials to protect porn stars from infection.

"It's only fair that these performers be afforded the same safeguards as other Californians in their workplaces," Weinstein said.

SPREADSHEET: Look at how cities and council districts voted on the porn-condom measure

Cal/OSHA says that porn stars must wear condoms under a rule that protects workers from having contact with possibly infectious bodily fluids. The rule is widely ignored by the porn industry and the fines are not steep.

Weinstein said he wants the bill to "broaden Cal/OSHA's enforcement powers and also empower local public health departments to enforce safety laws on condom use on porn sets."

RELATED: Porn condom law won big in nonwhite, working-class areas

Weinstein's efforts to seek support from Sacramento have failed in the past, but he said he hoped to find backing now that a substantial majority of voters in L.A. County support the idea that porn performers ought to wear condoms to prevent the spread of HIV and sexually transmitted disease.

The porn industry said it plans to challenge the constitutionality of Measure B in court. Industry officials have threatened to move their businesses out of Los Angeles County.

Steven Hirsch, founder of the adult film company Vivid Entertainment Group, told The Times this week that the industry would fight the measure "to the very end."

"We were hoping for a better result," Hirsch said. "But this is the first battle in a long war."

Hirsch said his company would abide by any rules enforced by the county, but was prepared to move production outside of L.A. County if the measure was enacted. Other communities have already reached out to the industry offering opportunities, he said, and producers could go elsewhere in California or out of state if needed.

“That’s not what we really want to do. We would much rather stay here,” he said. “But left with no other choice, certainly we will leave.... We will no longer shoot in the County of Los Angeles. Period.”

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-- Rong-Gong Lin II

Photo: An employee inspects condoms during testing in the research laboratory at the Karex Industries condom factory in Malaysia. Credit: Goh Seng Chong / Bloomberg

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