Los Angeles voters will now get to decide whether to make it mandatory for actors to wear condoms in pornographic films after the AIDS Healthcare Foundation easily managed to get minimum number of signatures for a ballot initiative.
According to its president, Michael Weinstein, there are a large number of actors in pornographic industry who are suffering from sexually transmitted diseases though porn movies continue to show actors without wearing any condoms.
Weinstein said that his foundation tried to lobby the lawmakers to enact a legislation that would have forced the film producers to make their actors wear condoms but without any success. Hence they were left with no choice but to bring out a ballot initiative. He added that the city clerk has got more than 71,000 signatures, way more than the 41,000 required to bring out a ballot initiative.
"All politicians have treated this as a hot potato issue. The city punts to the county, the county punts to the state, and the State Legislature has punted. We've taken it to the voters as a last resort, and that is testimony to the lack of leadership on the issue", Weinstein said.