Thursday, July 24, 2008

Because the courts clearly aren't busy enough

From the Department of Frivolous but Funny Lawsuits comes proof that litigation-happy buffoons can be found in every country:

A Greek court Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit accusing an LGBT rights group of demeaning the people of the Aegean island of Lesbos by purloining the word Lesbian, a term islanders have used to name themselves for centuries.

The lawsuit was brought by three islanders from Lesbos, home of the ancient poet Sappho, who praised love between women. The island is a popular holiday destination for gay women.

The suit said hat the name of the LGBT group - Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece - “insults the identity” of the people of Lesbos.

In dismissing the case, the court said that islanders did not have sole claim to the name.

Question: did these guys really never figure out until now where the term "lesbian" comes from? And do they want to risk losing all that tourist money (thus hurting the island's economy) with this dopey lawsuit?

This story comes via Furibundum who quotes one of the plaintiffs saying, “My sister can’t say she is a Lesbian." He knows, exactly?