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Some courts are ruling `gay' is not slanderous

BY MICHAEL GORMLEY, ASSOCIATED PRESS

ALBANY, N.Y. -- One by one, courts around the country are deciding it's no longer slander to falsely call someone gay - a measure of how attitudes are changing in the era of same-sex marriage and gays in uniform.

While "gay" is still widely wielded as an insult, some judges have concluded that it is not damaging to anyone's reputation, just as calling a white man black is no longer grounds for legal action as it was a generation ago.

The latest ruling came from a midlevel New York state appeals court Thursday and was hailed by gay-rights activists as a small but meaningful victory.

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