Condoms In Porn Measure Qualifies For The Ballot

HIV/AIDS activists are one step closer to mandating condom use in adult films now that the Los Angeles City Clerk has officially verified the gathered signatures on a proposed ballot measure, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The measure, championed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would require filmmakers to agree to use condoms on their sets in order to obtain a city permit for filming.

Suny Cho, a city clerk staffer, confirmed to the Huffington Post that the city notified petition organizers that the measure was received and the signatures verified with random sampling, which qualifies it for placement on a ballot. The measure gathered more than 70,000 signatures, almost twice the 41,000 signatures required.

From there, the petition must be presented to the Los Angeles City Council, which has twenty days to take action on the measure in one of three ways: immediately adopt the ordinance on all terms, schedule a special election or add the ballot measure to a previously scheduled election. The council has yet to be notified, as city staff are on furlough.

The measure is likely to be appended to the June 2012 elections, according to the LA Times.

Before the measure secures a place on the ballot, however, it faces a legal challenge by the city of Los Angeles. In early December, the City Attorney’s office filed a lawsuit that would prevent the measure from ever making it on the ballot, claiming that the proposition would be a waste of taxpayer money and interfere with state-mandated health and safety codes already in place.

In an Associated Press article about the lawsuit, AIDS Healthcare Foundation president Michael Weinstein refuted the city’s claim that the ballot measure would be a waste of money, as elections are already scheduled for June 2012. “I’m not an elections scholar,” said Weinstein, “but I’m not aware of prior restraint on voter’s ability to have their voices heard on an initiative.”

(Read more on Huffington Post.com)

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