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The label “gay” is no longer a slur, a New York court ruled.A New York appeals court found that calling a straight person “gay” isn’t slander, the Associated Press reported Thursday.
The appeals court swept away previous rulings that found such comments were defamatory, the AP reported.
Those earlier rulings “were based on a false premise that it is shameful or disgraceful to be described as gay, lesbian, or bisexual,” according to the court.
The ruling sprang from a lawsuit that a New York state resident filed claiming a woman ruined his relationship with his girlfriend by spreading rumours that he was gay or bisexual.
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