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MEXICO

Court opposes anti-gay slang

The Supreme Court has ruled that two anti-gay words commonly used are not protected as freedom of expression under the constitution, allowing people offended by the terms to sue for moral damages. The magistrates voted 3-2 late on Wednesday in favor of a journalist from the central city of Puebla who in 2010 sued a reporter at a different newspaper who had written a column referring to him as punal and others at the plaintiff’s newspaper as maricones. Both words roughly translate as “faggot.” The majority’s opinion says the words are offensive and discriminatory. The court ruling says that “even though they are deeply rooted expressions in Mexican society, the fact is that the practices of the majority of society cannot validate the violations of basic right.”

UNITED KINGDOM

Iommi pens Eurovison entry

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has written the music for Armenia’s entry to the annual Eurovision Song Contest, bringing a heavy metal pioneer to an event described by the media as a “kitschfest” and a “bad taste party.” The musician, a founding member of the influential band, said the song called Lonely Planet was a “demo idea” which was eventually voted Armenia’s Eurovision contender.

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