It didn’t take long!  I wrote yesterday in my first post of the year about bareback sex further developing as a regulatory and legal issue in 2012 – in porn and beyond.  The Los Angeles Times reports today that City Atty. Carmen Trutanich has gone to court to block a proposed Los Angeles city initiative requiring performers in adult films to use condoms on the set. His motivations make sense — he believes that the ballot measure, even if adopted, would infringe on state regulatory power and would be struck down in court; he wants to save the city from the needless expense of conducting a special election, and perhaps the additional cost of defending a purportedly unenforceable new ordinance.

The paper continues its longstanding approach of a hardline approach on the use of condoms in porn and uses their editorial to suggests that Trutanich ‘back off’ and allows the measure to go forward to the electorate.   It goes on to argue that:

‘…sometimes cities must take the lead, even in workplace safety regulation, because Sacramento may lack the will or interest to protect workers. Los Angeles banned smoking in restaurants and bars to protect not merely the comfort of patrons but the health and safety of staff who otherwise were inhaling carcinogens each day. The move pressed the state to finally catch up.’

So, just like smoking in public, we should insist on condoms in public too is the logic.  I was opposed to smoking bans and I’m opposed to mandatory condom use, but it’s clear this issue isn’t going away fast.  Just like the smoking ban, what achieved prominence in LA and California could soon spread globally and transform the terms of the debate in a relatively short period of time.  Bareback studios will be eagerly watching developments in California.

Read the full story/editorial here.

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