Falwell loses in Supreme court gay web site appeal

Danny McCoy | April 19, 2006

Jerry Falwell
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Notoriously anti-gay televangelist Jerry Falwell lost a Supreme Court appeal Monday of a case that sought to shut down a web site with a similar name but opposing views on gay rights.

In the appeal, Falwell claimed a gay man from New York City improperly draws attention to his site by using a common misspelling of his name as the site's domain name.

A federal judge first sided with Falwell on the grounds that Christopher Lamparello's domain name was nearly identical to the trademark bearing Falwell's name and could confuse Web surfers.

Falwell's web site is primarily for his Virgina based ministries. According to the Associated Press, the site is more high-tech, with pictures of the minister, and sales material for books and videos.

In contrast, Lamparello's Web site is mainly in black and white, with no photographs or items for sale. On the site, he claims Falwell is wrong in preaching that gay people are sinners who can change.

A disclaimer that runs along the top of Lamparello�s site reads: �This Web site is NOT affiliated with Rev. Dr. Jerry Falwell or his ministry.�

This is not the first time Falwell's attorneys have fought over domain names. According to AP, three years ago, an Illinois man surrendered the domain names jerryfalwell.com and jerryfallwell.com when the reverend threatened a lawsuit for copyright infringement. – Issued by Gay Link Content

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