USANext's ass is getting kicked by the faggots
Over at AmericaBlog, John Aravosis has been chronicling the progress of the lawsuit by the gay couple whose picture was used by USANext to gay-bait/pump up opposition to the AARP. John’s doing PR for this, so he has the latest inside scoop.
In Washington, DC today, US District Judge Reggie Walton (an appointee of President Bush (41)) granted the gay couple’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) against USA Next. The TRO requires USA Next to cease and desist from further use of the couple’s photos for any purpose. This is a big deal because it means the judge has found that the guys have reasonable likelihood of winning their case, and he also said he could see how they could get damages.
Basically, the couple’s lawyer, Christopher Wolf (counsel with Proskauer Rose, LLP), argued that a TRO was necessary to stop USA Next from using the couple’s image for additional ads. USA Next’s lawyer would not promise that the image wouldn’t be used again. And USA Next’s ad consultant even said in an AP story last night that the gay couple was to blame for getting married!
USA Next’s lawyer, Robert Sparks, argued that there was no indication that the couple would be irreparably harmed if the TRO wasn’t granted (that’s part of the requirement for granting one).
Wolf responded that had USA Next come to the couple in advance, and offered them money in exchange for the couple signing a model’s release so their image could be used in this hateful campaign, the couple would have said NO, there’s NO amount of money you could offer. Thus, the damage from USANext running the ad again was incalculable – there is NO amount of money that could compensate them adequately as no amount of money would have led them to cooperate in the first place.
Remember, these losers were boasting how they were going to destroy AARP over Social Security at the time of the release of the ad (NYT):
‘They are the boulder in the middle of the highway to personal savings accounts,’ said Charlie Jarvis, president of USA Next and former deputy under secretary of the interior in the Reagan and first Bush administrations. ‘We will be the dynamite that removes them.'”
Oh this is rich in hindsight! Then, after the ad campaign was revealed to be irrelevant and lame-ass — how on earth is gay marriage relevant to Social Security savings accounts — USA Next said the ad was designed to “test to see how liberals would react.” Sweet. That’s when the couple decided to sue their ass for misappropriation of their images.
Hey USA Next, you’re getting a taste of the pansy crowd that you mocked kicking your bigoted, idiotic asses now. How does it feel, baby? It’s not like going up against the impotent Kerry campaign with the Swift Boat crap, huh?