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

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.

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"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.

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"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:

Porn industry reacts to condom requirement in L.A.

Storified by @kyoshino's curation of social media � Wed, Nov 07 2012 09:23:17

As of 5:23am PST, 55.85% of LA County voters officially chose performers' health over industry profits and consumer demands. #YESonB wins!Vote Yes on B
For everyone that voted Yes on Measure B, Good Job Numb Nuts! You just pushed a billion dollar industry out of Cali. SMHKayme Kai
It's a dark day for porn...somehow measure b passed : (John FetishMovies
Well California, you really messed up this time. #NoonMeasureBDave
Straight porn peeps: Why go to LV? There must be tons of cheap studio space just outside county lines. Or am I missing something?Conner Habib
#noonmeasureb Guess we will be looking for shoot locations in Ventura, Kern and San Bernadino Counties. LA Doesn't want the business here!ButtmanMagazine
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)James Deen
Woke up to 100% reporting and it was 55/44. **sigh** #NoOnB we tried... Now to challenge it.Laura D #NoOnB
@rare_basement porn will leave Los Angeles for somewhere without the regulation, thousands will lose their jobs.Jolene Parton
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.Andy Appleton
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