SACRAMENTO — Married couples filming with each other in the privacy of their own home could be sued and fined for not using a condom if Proposition 60 passes, says the Free Speech Coalition, citing an interview today with Prop 60 campaign in the Sacramento News & Review.
The controversial initiative has been opposed by the editorial board of all seven of California’s largest papers, as well as the state Democratic and Republican parties, and thousands of adult performers.
In an interview with the Sacramento News & Review, Rick Taylor, spokesperson for the “Yes on 60” campaign offered no exemptions or empathy for married couples filming at home, calling them lawbreakers and encouraging them to move out of state if they insisted on filming without a condom.
The story featured a married couple, Alyce and Justin, who supplement their income filming webcam shows with each other. If Prop 60 passes, any resident of California could sue the couple if a condom was not visible in the film. The couple could be fined, have their business closed and have their private information exposed, according to the News & Review:
Alyce said she fears the prospect of getting roped into a lawsuit that exposes her real name and costs her her “vanilla” day job.
Yes on 60 campaign manager Rick Taylor doesn’t have much sympathy for that position.
“Too bad!” he said. “Don’t break the law! Sorry. Don’t break the law. That’s all. This argument just blows me out. Like, ’Oh my God, my name might get exposed!’ Well if you don’t break the law, then don’t worry about it. You won’t be exposed. And by the way, most husbands and wives that [do] pornography, they don’t merchandize it. They put it on for free.” …
“If you want to be a business in California, and you don’t want to obey the law, then please move,” he said. “I would encourage you to move. Take that threat and take it to some other state” …
When asked if the united front of opposition bothered his campaign, Taylor simply said, “No.”
Eric Paul Leue, campaign manager for No on 60, Californians Against Worker Harassment, says that’s because Prop 60 campaign has never been about protecting performers.
“Prop 60 has one goal: to give one man — Michael Weinstein, the sole proponent and funder of the of the initiative — the power to bring lawsuits against adult performers for creating content he doesn’t like, even if it’s a married couple filming in their own home. After reading this interview, it is clearer than ever that we need to defeat the dangerous Prop 60.”
Proposition 60 has been opposed by the LA Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Sacramento Bee and the state’s largest newspapers, as well as the California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party, the California Libertarian Party, the SF AIDS Foundation, AIDS Project LA, the LA LGBT Center, the Harvey Milk Democratic Club, the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, Sen. Mark Leno, and the performer group APAC (the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee), and many, many others.
Communications Director, Free Speech Coalition
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