The Republican Party has something in common with the Porn Industry: a lack of enthusiasm for condoms. During the fight for the primaries, the Condom Question came up more often than at a Senior Prom. I guess this is an important issue to the conservative wing of the party. Time and time again, Republicans have voted against programs that would give free condoms to help control sexually transmitted diseases. Now some local governments are forcing the porn industry to use condoms without any thought of the Constitution. I'm sure the G.O.P. feels that those activist judges in black robes should not be telling those active actors in black socks what to do.
Certain communities – including Los Angeles – have passed legislation that says that condoms must be used in any porn movie made in their jurisdiction. Those who make porn are outraged. They say that their profits will become flaccid. Evidently, porn watchers don't think sex scenes with condoms are a sexy as those that are condom-less.
This is an issue that must rankle Republicans. Here we go again with governmental interference and over-regulation of free enterprise. These kinds of laws will cost jobs, not create them. There are actors, writers, and dry cleaners who will suffer. Besides, why should we force people to worry about their health if they don't want to? Do we really want the "Nanny State?" (By the way, there might be a porn movie called, "The Nanny State)."
This is a perfect issue for Republicans to embrace – the natural way. I'm sure they can frame it as a religious issue, possibly pointing out that with all the "begatting," the word "condom" is not mentioned in the Bible.
This Anti-Condoms In Porn movement also would be appealing to the Republican base. There was a Harvard Business School survey that studied credit card receipts for online porn and then adjusted those results for population. That survey discovered that those states that consume the most pornography tend to be more conservative and religious than states whose residents watch less porn. Now we know what goes on at Tea Party parties.
Residents of states that have laws banning gay marriage have 11% more porn subscribers than states that don't restrict gay marriage. I wonder what passage of the Bible they twist around to rationalize that little hobby.
Adjusted for population, Utah is the biggest consumer of online pornography. Utah! Eight of the top 10 pornography-consuming states gave their electoral votes to John McCain in the last election. The two states on the Top 10 list that went for Obama were Hawaii and Florida. We all know how important Florida is in a Presidential election, so I'm sure Republican strategists are keeping this in mind. Don't be surprised if you see Mitt Romney touring the Sunshine State and declaring that his favorite movie is, "When Harry Met Sally ... and Kimberly and Zoey."
Some people criticize Republicans for often interpreting the Constitution however it suits them. For this issue, there can be no charges of that. It is clear that those who framed the Constitution and were committed to personal freedom were thinking about cases exactly like this. In fact, I believe it was Alexander Hamilton who said that the kind of circumstance that must be protected is the situation in which a lonely housewife in a bikini doesn't have enough cash to pay the pizza delivery guy when her husband's not around. Or was it Madison?