The legal admission of male prostitutes in Nevada's brothels has been called the industry's “Pearl Harbor” because it'll introduce gay sex, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

On Friday, the Nevada State Board of Health approved new guidelines that allow men to work in the state's brothels. Previously, men were barred from the profession because state guidelines required all prostitutes to undergo cervical testing for sexually transmitted diseases. Officials on Friday agreed to alter the wording to include urethral exams for men.

The change was requested by Bobbi Davis, owner of the Shady Lady Ranch in Beatty.

Opposition to the change came from the group that lobbies on behalf of such establishments, the Nevada Brothel Owners Association.

George Flint, a former minister who represents the group, called the change “repugnant” in a carefully worded statement before regulators that left little doubt he was referring to sex between men. Female prostitutes are allowed to service both men and women.

“Some may feel it's a repugnant thing to do or something that does not have the appetite of the state as a whole,” Flint said.

According to its website, the Nevada Brother Owners Association represents 29 establishments in the state and employs nearly 1,000 female sex workers.

“We've worked hard for years to make the traditional brothel business in this state socially acceptable and something we can be proud of that most Nevadans accept,” Flint added. “We have some concerns that this can be diluted by what Ms. Bobbi Davis wants to try.”

Flint warned that the board's decision would bring about disaster.

“It was inevitable with Pearl Harbor we'd have a problem there someday, and we've known this would be a problem too,” he said.

Davis told the paper she might add men to her establishment as early as next month.