West Hollywood Condom Distribution Ballot Measure Fails
Voters in West Hollywood on Tuesday rejected by a 53% margin a measure that would have required bars and nightclubs to supply free condoms to patrons, the Los Angeles Times reports (Chavez/Martin, Los Angeles Times, 3/8). The ballot initiative, known as Measure A and sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, would have required businesses that derive "more than half of their revenue from the sale of alcohol for on-site consumption" to offer and display free condoms, as well as "safer sex literature." The city already sponsors a $400,000-a-year "voluntary" condom distribution program at gay bars, coffee houses and bookstores (California Healthline, 3/2). AIDS Healthcare Foundation President Michael Weinstein said that the foundation promoted the initiative because the voluntary program had "failed," according to the Times (Los Angeles Times, 3/8). He "blamed" the defeat on a "scare campaign," saying that he believed opponents felt that the measure would put "sexuality in people's faces." The Times reports that some opponents said the voluntary condom distribution program was "sufficient" (Martin/Olivo, Los Angeles Times, 3/7).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.