If you’re not keeping tabs on the porn industry (and of course we know you’re not, you upstanding churchgoer you), you haven’t heard of California’s Measure B, the Safer Sex in Adult Industry Act. Measure B was passed by voters in the state in 2012 and mandates that porn performers wear condoms for their sex scenes. Until now, condoms have not been required and generally not worn, with the industry preferring to defend against any outbreak of STDs among its performers with frequent testing.
The industry says that this is an attack on freedom of expression and, moreover, will have some sort of devastating effect on the business. Maybe people won’t want to watch porn in which the performers wear condoms; maybe porn companies will have to pack up and head to another state that doesn’t have a Measure B-type law.
In order to fight a law, you have to have plaintiffs. Porn company Vivid is doing just that, with its performers Kayden Kross and Logan Pierce bringing the complaint. On Friday Kayden and company were denied a request for a preliminary injunction; yesterday they filed an appeal with the 9th Circuit Court. According to a report, Kayden said in court that “she prefers to act with a partner not wearing a condom, for reasons that range from comfort to the message she wishes to portray, and she also attests that Measure B has reduced the number of roles in which she has had the opportunity to act.”
These pictures of the plaintiff (Kayden, not Logan, who is a dude and therefore not fit for the Girlwatcher page) come from Twistys.com.