Here is the difference between Virginia and California: When I went to vote here in Fairfax County, Va., I had to decide “yes or no” on boring stuff like the “Virginia Eminent Domain Amendment,” which was Question 1 on the ballot. Question 1 read:

Shall Section 11 of Article I (Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended (i) to require that eminent domain only be exercised where the property taken or damaged is for public use and, except for utilities or the elimination of a public nuisance, not where the primary use is for private gain, private benefit, private enterprise, increasing jobs, increasing tax revenue, or economic development; (ii) to define what is included in just compensation for such taking or damaging of property; and (iii) to prohibit the taking or damaging of more private property than is necessary for the public use?


I read that a couple of times, never quite understood it (despite having gone to law school and practiced law for a decade), and then just took a guess at it and moved on to some equally boring questions on bond issuances. Meanwhile, across the country in Los Angeles County, voters were considering way much more interesting topics such as Measure B (“Safer Sex In the Adult Film Industry Act”), i.e., the issue of whether porn actors should be required to wear condoms when filming in L.A. County. I can say that in all my years of voting in Virginia we have never once had a porn question on our ballot. Unfair!

According to a Bloomberg report today, Measure B passed with 56 percent of the vote, meaning adult-movie actors will need to wear condoms during shoots. Critics of the measure such as Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine, say that the new law won’t have the desired impact, however, because adult entertainment companies will simply vote with their feet and film elsewhere. “It doesn’t change anything — we’ll simply shoot in Hawaii, Mexico or the desert,” he said. “We’ll fly to Cabo for a week or 10 days. It’s not a big deal.”