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Condoms-in-Porn Bill Dies in Sacramento Committee

Kink's Peter Acworth reacts: "This is one battle in a larger war."

 

Earlier today, the California State Senate's Appropriations Committee nixed a proposed law that would have mandated the use of condoms in all porn films shot in the state. This was the last meeting before the legislative deadline for AB 1576, written by Southern California Assemblymember Isadore Hall, meaning that the chances of the bill moving forward are pretty much negligible. 

Perhaps no one is more happy about this than Peter Acworth, the founder of the Mission's Kink.com, a vocal critic of the bill who had threatened to move operations to Las Vegas should it be passed. (We recently traveled with Acworth on a scouting run in Nevada.) Today Acworth reacted favorably to the bill's demise, saying, “I’m just extremely grateful to everyone who came together in opposition, numerous organizations and performers, and their voices were heard. We even had several prominent mainstream movie people supporting the calls in opposition, and I’m thankful to the senators who took in all this information and made their decision.”

Acworth has long maintained that this bill was unnecessary, pointing to a 75% condom use rate in Kink's shoots, thanks to a system that allow performers to anonymously request them to be worn. Proponents of the mandate, including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, argued that mandatory condom use was necessary to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in the industry, as well as to set an example for condom use among viewers. A condom mandate has been in place in Los Angeles since 2012, triggering a massive dropoff in the number of porn shoots there.

Though he and allies were celebrating today, Acworth still hasn't ruled out moving at least part of his company to Sin City. “We’re still considering Vegas,” says Acworth, “but less urgently. This is one battle in a larger war."

 

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