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Not that there’s anything wrong with that

seinfeld.jpgRoss Weil and Brett Royce are not gay. Sure, the two New Yorkers are college buddies (both went to American University in D.C.) and previously shared a house, but they’re not gay. To suggest that they were gay would harm their reputation to no end because. They’re. Not. Gay.

So the two were furious when an American University newsletter said that they were gay. Seems someone played a prank on Royce and Weil by submitting info to the school that the pair were life partners who were married in Boston last year, and that they were the head of a phony group called “the Gay Rights Brigade.”

Royce and Weil are now suing the school, of course, for defamation. Their lawyers says that the school never bothered to fact check with either of the men, and while the editor won’t comment about this item she did say that, in general, they totally fact check before publishing stuff.

Is there a cause of action here? I guess. But the men insist that this has nothing to do with homophobia. I should hope not. But if they’re not going to argue that it’s absolutely heinous to be thought of as gay, I’m not sure how they’re going to establish their damages claim, which is for a ridiculous $1.5 million.