In the Capital Times story “State justices say lawsuit over gay remark is frivolous,” was the stunning revelation that the conservative activist Justices ignored an outright call to kill gays. To them, it didn’t happen.
Milwaukee lawyer James Donohoo, who represented an anti-gay activist, must now pay $87,000 plus interest in court costs and attorney's fees to the gay rights group Action Wisconsin, after the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that his lawsuit was frivolous.($120,000)
The attorney told the AP, "I'm a Christian. I believe in Jesus Christ as my lord and savior. I'll have life everlasting. I can use that assurance to try to deal with this decision and the ramifications of it."
Attorney Tamara Packard, representing Action Wisconsin, said "This is a vindication of our client's ability and need to bring to the public's attention threatening and scary statements made by a public figure."
Donohoo's client, the Rev. Grant Storms “gave a speech the same year at theStating the obvious, “an Action Wisconsin press release said Storms was advocating murder of gays and lesbians. Donohoo filed suit against the group, saying their assertions were false and defamatory.”
‘International Conference on Homo-Fascism’ in Milwaukee where, according to a recording, he told gay rights opponents that the failure of petitions and lobbying meant they should ‘start taking it to the streets." Storms then mimicked gunshot sounds and said ‘There's twenty! Ca-ching, glory, glory to God, let's go drive through the McDonald's and come back to get the rest."
WHAT THE…! This is a recording of Rev. Storms telling his audience to shooting gay people. But here’s the problem. As you’ll see, the courts payed little attention to the Reverends rant; telling his audience to hit the streets and kill 21 gay people, ca-ching, eat at McDonalds, and shoot some more. Instead, they focused on the gay rights groups wording, as if to say they may have fabricated some other meaning from the Reverends speech.
The state Supreme Court's 4-3 majority opinion, stated “Donohoo failed to provide any evidence that Action Wisconsin acted with malice. As such, the court was within its bounds to declare Donohoo's lawsuit frivolous.
Get ready to dive into the rabbit hole, as we check in with the 3 conservative Justices dissenting opinon:
“Stated otherwise, a reasonable jury could find that Action Wisconsin knew the statement was not true or made it with reckless disregard as
to its truth, because the statement was part of Action Wisconsin's attempt to promote one side of a highly charged political issue.' Roggensack wrote in the dissenting opinion."
In what country is it a free speech right to promote murdering gay people, while prosecuting the targeted victims for yelling “stop, don’t kill us?”
I’ve been told to respect the ideological differences people have politically. I’m beginning to think that it's just another Republican talking point to put me on the defensive, and get away with murder.