One Way to Get Out of Jury Duty: Be Gay
Jonathan D. Lovitz is semi-famous after using that excuse
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2011 5:43 PM CST
This courtroom sketch shows a jury box.   (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)

(Newser) – A creative jury duty excuse made—successfully—earlier this month is making the rounds this week: Jonathan D. Lovitz, who just so happens to have a reality show in the works, got out of jury duty by explaining that he couldn't be impartial because he's a gay man living in New York. His reasoning, as first reported by the blog Justin + 1: "Since I can't get married or adopt a child in the state of New York, I can't possibly be an impartial judge of a citizen when I am considered a second-class one in the eyes of this justice system." It worked, and now Lovitz is semi-famous. (The Advocate is just one of the sites that has since picked up the story.)

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Mar 9, 2011 5:34 PM CST
Oooooo, new website for republican better watch out!
Mar 9, 2011 11:27 AM CST
mmmm I don't need anyone to place me in a "Social class" or tell me. At lest i know who i am and I'm First class if I wanna be First class. I know jury duty sucks, but just then the anti-gay right people one a point there..... ¬¬
Mar 9, 2011 7:38 AM CST
Good for him. Now, go tell it to the kids who are being harassed, beaten up, and or, murdered; all for just being Gay. I'm sorry that I seem angry at this, even when I want to be supportive, of an otherwise dead on response to a government that fail to equalize gay peoples rights with those of its straight citizens.. Something about this story and its headline just tug me the wrong way.