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

(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.)

This courtroom sketch shows a jury box.   (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin, Pool)
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