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Gay porn nets mom big bucks.

That's what a jury decided in a recent XXX-rated lawsuit in suburban Los Angeles. After a two-week trial in mid October, a superior court jury in Norwalk awarded $85,000 to a Tennessee woman whose two daughters were exposed to gay porn while watching TV in a motel.

This may be the first decision of its kind, and the antigay group Focus on the Family is already championing it as a victory.

In August 2006, Edwina McCombs took her two daughters, then aged 8 and 9, to Artesia, Calif. After renting a room at the Value Lodge, McCombs allowed the children to channel surf while she bathed. The girls landed on hard-core pornography with close-up images of gay sex acts.

McCombs checked out the next morning and soon filed suit, claiming negligence and emotional distress. She refused a $50,000 settlement and insisted upon a trial.

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"She wasn't as about the money as she was in making a point," says McCombs's attorney, Scott Jarvis.

A child psychologist testified at the trial, claiming the children were traumatized and would need years of counseling. Would the kids have been harmed less if it had been straight porn?

That issue was never introduced in trial, but the gay porn clips were. Psychologist Robi Ludwig says that may have sparked a visceral response from the jurors. "Topics such as homosexuality are facts of everyday life," he says. "[But] some people have difficulty being reasonable when they are being discussed. Their emotions take control."
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Title Annotation:Forward
Author:McCullom, Rod
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Date:Dec 4, 2007
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