12/15/2014 03:20 EST | Updated 02/14/2015 05:59 EST

Appeals court upholds LA County ordinance requiring use of condoms in porn films

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A federal appeals court has upheld a Los Angeles County ordinance requiring that actors in pornographic films use condoms.

Monday's ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments by porn industry leaders that the requirement inhibits the industry's First Amendment free-speech rights.

The ordinance adopted by voters in 2012 was championed by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and other advocates as a means of reducing sexually transmitted diseases.

The porn industry says its past experience with condoms has taught it that viewers don't want to watch films in which they are used.

The industry also says its own safety efforts, including regular testing of performers for sexually transmitted diseases, eliminate the need for condoms.