21 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 581 (2010-2011)
Not That There's Anything Wrong with That: Imputations of Homosexuality and the Normative Structure of Defamation Law

handle is hein.journals/frdipm21 and id is 587 raw text is: Not That There's Anything Wrong with
That: Imputations of Homosexuality
and the Normative Structure of
Defamation Law
Matthew D. Bunker*
Drew E. Shenkman*
Charles D. Tobin***
INTRODUCTION                        ......................................... 582
1. IDENTIFYING DEFAMATORY STATEMENTS .....................583
A.    False Imputation of Homosexuality Under State
Defamation Law.......................... 587
B.   Defamation Per Se-Imputing (Former) Crime of
Sodomy .....................                    .... 588
C.   Defamation    Per   Se-Implying     Unchastity   or
Exposing Plaintiff to Public Hatred, Contempt, or
Ridicule................................ 591
D.    Capable of Defamatory Meaning, Requiring Proof
of Damages..        ............................... 594
II. CHANGING PERCEPTIONS IN THE FEDERAL COURTS............... 596
III. NORMATIVITY AND DEFAMATORY MEANING ......           ....... 601
CONCLUSION....................................              609
A PDF version of this Article is available online at http://iplj.net/blog/archives/
volumexxi/book3. Visit http://iplj.net/blog/archives for access to the IPLJ archive.
Reese Phifer Professor of Journalism, College of Communication and Information
Sciences, The University of Alabama; Ph.D., University of Florida, 1993; M.S., Kansas
State University, 1989; J.D., University of Kansas, 1985; B.S., Kansas State University,
1979.
Associate, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington D.C.; J.D., University of Florida,
2008; M.A., University of Florida, 2008; B.A., University of Florida, 2004.
* Partner, Holland & Knight LLP, Washington D.C.; J.D., University of Florida,
1989; B.S., University of Florida, 1984.

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