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California votes to keep bareback porn legal

2016-11-10
The US state of California has voted for bareback porn to remain legal. The 'Condoms in Pornographic Films Initiative' - or Proposition 60 as it was commonly known, called for a ban on filming penetrative sexual acts without condoms being used, the New York Times reports. Had the measure passed, actors would have faced criminal charges for having unprotected sex on screen. With 99% of the vote counted, however, it was defeated by 54% to 46%. California is home to a lucrative porn industry, much of it centred around Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley, which has earned the moniker "porn valley" due to the amount of adult films produced there. The adult entertainment industry had fought vigorously against Proposition 60, arguing that the law was designed to profit off vulnerable actors through lawsuits. Currently, porn actors in California are subject to sexual health screenings every two weeks and their results are kept on a private database. More stories: What will a Trump presidency mean for LGBT people? Robbie Williams explains why he sued over tabloid gay rumours