Simi Valley Considers Requiring Condoms in Adult Films
Officials in Simi Valley will discuss an ordinance Monday evening that would require all male actors in pornographic films to wear condoms.
Simi Valley officials and parents are concerned about the movement of the porn industry from the San Fernando Valley, where 90 percent of the porn in the United States is currently produced, to nearby Simi Valley.
"It's really a message of safety and also a message to the industry that this community is not going to welcome them with any kind of reception in any positive way," said City Manager of Simi Valley Mike Sedell.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa passed a similar ordinance in the city of Los Angeles last week, which goes into effect in March. The new law requires film producers who seek a permit from the city to have their actors wear condoms, but permits are not mandatory to film in soundstages or backlots.
Because it's already a state law for male actors to wear condoms in pornographic films, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation says the ordinance is simply a stricter enforcement of that law.
The Free Speech Coalition is opposed to the law on the grounds that the government should not be involved in sex between consenting adults, or in the film industry in general.
The AHF supports the Simi Valley ordinance to be considered Monday night.
The foundation's communications director Ged Kenslea adds that the foundation is "not opposed to adult film production. We just want producers to follow existing California state law with regard to health and safety for its workers."
A decision regarding whether or not to pass the ordinance will come at the next City Council meeting on Feb. 13.
In the mean time, concerned city officials and parents will have to wait. City Manager Mike Sedell commented that pornography is "an industry that brings with it some economic benefits and there may be communities that would welcome that. It's not ours, however."