Gay label no longer considered slander in NYC

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By Ryan Collett

It’s no longer considered slanderous to falsely accuse a person of being gay, according to a new ruling by a midlevel appeals court in New York.

The new ruling invalidates defamation lawsuits against people or media that call other individuals homosexual. The decision said, in part, that past defamation lawsuits were, “based on a false premise that it is shameful and disgraceful to be described as lesbian, gay or bisexual.”  

Since New York no longer considers gay, lesbian, or bisexual labels to be offensive, there can be no argument for slander.

The new ruling was triggered by a lawsuit in which a man sued a woman for spreading rumors that he was gay. The rumors, he claimed, caused the ruin of his relationship with his girlfriend.

What do you think of the ruling? 

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