Thursday, January 28, 2010
LLDEF challenges idea that saying a professional athlete is gay, is defamatory
Lambda Legal has sent a letter to the Parks Law Firm in Georgia asking it to reconsider its cease-and-desist letters sent to owners of several websites maintaining that a particular NFL football player had a sexual relationship with another male. LLDEF maintains that claiming that this is “defamation” (even if false) would be demeaning to LGBT people, especially in light of Lawrence v. Texas (2003).
The pdf for the letter is here.
If someone were in the US Armed Forces, such a published statement (alleging "homosexual conduct"), if false, could lead to defamation claims until “don’t ask don’t tell” is repealed.