Adult websites block some Californians' access to porn

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Kink.com is among the adult websites that are interrupting, or in some cases completely blocking, California internet users’ access to porn in a protest of proposed California law that would require condoms to be worn during the making of adult films, CBS San Francisco reports.

The move comes just weeks before the Nov. 8 election in which Californians will be voting on whether wearing condoms should be required during the production of pornography.

San Francisco-based Kink.com is sending a clear message to its viewers that they don’t support mandating condom use in adult films.

Proponents of Prop. 60, the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, say the law would limit the spread of HIV and other sexually-transmitted infections in the adult film industry.

But opponents say Prop 60 would allow adult film producers and distributors to be sued if no condom is visible and could lose California millions in tax revenue.

The Los Angeles-based adult website Vivid Video had an all-black homepage Monday with a message that said, “If you live in California and Prop 60 passes this is what your porn will look like.”

It also states, “Harassment is not a California value, No on 60” and provides links to the proposed legislation and arguments against the condom law.

The adult website Evil Angel, also based in Los Angeles, joined the protest saying, “We know you don’t want to see condoms in Evil Angel videos, so we’re doing what we can to prevent that from happening … EvilAngel.com is on strike today to raise awareness.”

In 2012, voters in Los Angeles County passed a measure that required adult film actors to wear condoms on set.

If Proposition 60 passes in November, adult film performers across California would also be required to do so.