Is your civil duty to serve on a jury getting in the way of a Da Silvano lunch reservation that you’ve had on the books for three months? If you are a homosexual, or willing to pretend to be one, then here’s your way out: tell the court that because you’re treated as a second-class citizen, you can’t possibly be impartial for any case in the state’s jurisdiction. Jonathan D. Lovitz, the musical performer-cum-professional dating expert and star of LOGO’s upcoming series Set-Up Squad (a gayer and possibly poorer Millionaire Matchmaker), just tried it. And it worked.
Justin Plus One points us to to Jonathan’s recent Facebook post: “Just had an intense day at jury duty. During voir dire [where lawyers select jurors from a larger pool] we were asked who would not be impartial. I raised my hand and said ‘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.’ You wouldn’t believe how people in the room reacted.”
Of course just because you’re a gay New Yorker — or a gay resident of more than 40 other states where gay marriage isn’t legal — doesn’t mean you can’t, say, rule impartially on a grand theft auto case. Unless you’re saying you’re going to stop following any New York law, in which case: anarchist!