Jerry Falwell is forced to pay gay activist Jerry Sloan $5,000 after losing a court battle. During a TV debate in Sacramento, Falwell falsely denied calling the gay-oriented Metropolitan Community Churches "brute beasts" and "a vile and Satanic system" that will "one day be utterly annihilated and there will be a celebration in heaven."
When Sloan insisted he had a tape, Falwell promised $5,000 if he could produce it. Sloan, a gay rights activist and former Baptist Bible College student, did just that, but Falwell refused to pay. Falwell will appeal and his attorney alleges that the Jewish judge in the case was prejudiced.
Falwell will lose again and will be forced to pay an additional $2,875 in sanctions and court fees.