Tuesday, September 08, 2009

LLDEF reports cases on whether "gay" is potentially "defamatory", and on Alabama pride

Let me guide the reader to the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund’s home page, and note the Help Desk on the right. The help desk divides LLDEF into geographical regions and has state-by-state links to explain the situation with respect to gay marriage, domestic partnerships, and parenting. Virginia, for example, is described as generally “hostile” in climate.

LLDEF has a major story, Aug 12, that the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected Howard Stern’s claim that being called “gay” is defamatory per se. This ruling could be important in cases where tabloids or even bloggers incorrectly identify some celebrities as “gay”. The link is here.

Also, LLDEF announced a settlement in a case where Central Alabama Pride litigated against the Mayor and City of Birmingham for interfering with and trying to stop a permit for a Pride March, link here.

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