FSC: Court Forces Prop 60 Proponents to Remove Falsely Listed Endorsements from Ballot Guide

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The Free Speech Coalition applauds the decision of California Superior Court judge, who has ruled that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation falsely listed supporters of its controversial adult film initiative

The court also ruled that performers who produce and distribute their own films, including married couples filming in their own home, will be vulnerable to lawsuits under the initiative.

A California Superior Court judge ruled today that AIDS Healthcare Foundation was wrong to list two groups that had not formally endorsed the adult industry initiative Proposition 60, and ordered that the false endorsements should be stripped from the official voter guide, according to court documents.

The order in California Superior Court (34-2016-80002410-CU-WM-GDS) is in response to a writ joined by the San Francisco Medical Society and the International Entertainment Adult Union, requesting that their names be removed as supporters. Neither had ever endorsed Prop 60 but were still listed as official supporters by AHF, the sponsor of the measure, in the official ballot guide, according to court documents.

The Free Speech Coalition also applauds a related order by the same court (34-2016-80002404-CU-WM-GDS), over the same ballot initiative text, in response to a writ filed in conjunction with the initiative's proponents. The ruling affirmed that performers who produce and distribute their own films, including married couples filming in their own home, will potentially be vulnerable to lawsuits under the initiative, if a condom isn’t visible, according to court documents.

Prop 60 is opposed by a diverse coalition of workers, public health advocates, performers, as well as both major political parties, including the California Democratic Party, the California Republican Party, the California Libertarian Party, AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Equality California, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, the Transgender Law Center, and the Adult Performers Advocacy Committee (APAC), as well as the Free Speech Coalition.

Copies of the judgement can be found at https://www.freespeechcoalition.com/fsc-judge-forces-prop-60-proponents-to-remove-phony-endorsements/

Paid for by Californians Against Worker Harassment, sponsored by the Free Speech Coalition

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