Judge: "Gay" Is No Longer Derogatory

Howard K. Stern, most recognized as Anna Nicole Smith's lover/attorney, has been given the OK to sue for libel minus the charge that being called "gay" is defamatory. Reuters reports that, according to the judge, being gay is no longer "contemptible and disgraceful" even if LGBT people still face discrimination and bigotry today.

Stern is suing Rita Cosby over her book "Blonde Ambition: The Untold Story Behind Anna Nicole Smith's Death" in which she claimed that Stern and Larry Birkhead, the father of Smith's child, had engaged in homosexual acts together. Smith died in 2007 from an accidental drug overdose.

U.S. district judge Denny Chin said, "I respectfully disagree that the existence of this continued prejudice leads to the conclusion that there is a widespread view of gays and lesbians as contemptible and disgraceful."

Find out what the book's author thinks about the decision after the jump....

Elizabeth McNamara, a lawyer for Cosby, said she was pleased that the judge narrowed the case down. She said, "As to the remaining statements, we are fully confident that a jury will dismiss them as well once it hears all the evidence surrounding Howard K. Stern's life with Anna Nicole Smith."

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