Condom Rule in Adult Films Goes Into Effect

New LA rule says the city will only issue adult-film permits if a production company agrees to use condoms on film sets

By Jason Kandel
|  Monday, Mar 5, 2012  |  Updated 5:00 PM PDT
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A new city rule requiring male porn actors to wear condoms during film shoots goes into effect in Los Angeles on Monday, March 5, 2012.

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The Los Angeles city ordinance requiring condom use by men who perform in pornographic videos goes into effect Monday.

L.A. became the first in the nation to enact the ordinance when it signed the ruling into law on Jan. 24.

The rule says the city will only issue adult-film permits if a production company agrees to use condoms on film sets.

Opponents of the measure say agencies like the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health already require condom use in adult films.

Advocates argue that state laws do not go far enough. They say state agencies only act after they receive a complaint.

Porn producers have threatened to challenge the law in court and threatened to take their productions out of the city and possibly to Arizona.

Proponents of L.A.’s ordinance, meanwhile, have collected over 120,000 signatures — more than half the 232,153 needed by June 5 to qualify a similar countywide measure for the November 2012 election.

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