“Start takin’ it to the streets…”

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Start takin’ it to the streets. Boom, boom, boom, boom. There’s twenty! Cha-ching.

That is what Marrero, Louisiana pastor Grant Storms said to a group of anti-gay activitists at the International Conference on Homo-Fascism in 2003 in Milwaukee. But when Action Wisconsin pointed out that Storms was advocating the murder of gay people, Storms sued the group for defamation of character.

Action Wisconsin has now been awarded $87,000 in attorneys’ fees by Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Patricia McMahon, who declared the group’s interpretation of Storms’ remarks “reasonable,” and who went on to say that the lawsuit lacked merit. She also chewed out Storms’ attorney, James Donohoo of Milwaukee, for filing a lawsuit she called “a waste of time.”

Donahoo plans to appeal the award.

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