LOS ANGELES — As the adult industry celebrates the defeat of the draconian Prop 60 condom initiative, which stands at 54 percent "No" votes vs. 46 percent "Yes" votes at press time (with 99 percent reporting), the Free Speech Coalition has issued the following statement:
This was a tremendous victory, not only for adult performers, but for science over stigma, and facts over fear.
Adult industry workers no longer need to fear a punitive law that would have allowed any resident of the state to file suit against them. We were honored to have the Democratic and Republican and Libertarian Parties, along with over 55 state newspapers and hundreds of public health and civil rights advocates, stand with adult performers.
We hope this marks the beginning of a new, safer era for adult film performers and other workers in California — one in which worker voices and lived experiences are included in the legislation and regulation that affects their bodies and their lives.
Most of all, we thank the millions of Californians who stood up against worker harassment.