Alums Sue American University Over Gay Newsletter Prank

Two alums of American University are suing the school, according to the afer a newsletter went out to fellow classmates identifying them as recently married “life partners”. The newsletter also reportedly said they were “leaders of a nonexistent group called the Gay Rights Brigade.”

Americanuniversity“Ross Weil, 29, and Brett Royce, 28, college buddies and former New York housemates, filed a $1.5 million defamation suit against American University in Manhattan federal court on Aug. 30, claiming the school acted maliciously and with ‘gross negligence’ by printing the announcement. The Class Notes section of the spring edition of American Magazine, a quarterly publication for the Washington, D.C., university, asserted that Weil and Royce tied the knot in Boston on June 10, 2006…. The lawsuit declares both men have been harmed by the newsletter’s mistake – even though they say there’s nothing wrong with being gay. ‘It has nothing to do with homophobia,’ [lawyer Michael] Kaufman insisted.”