The outrageous award to Hudson’s lover is just another example of society’s gay bashing. In this case, the man was dead before the bashing even started, making the incident less painful to him but not to America’s other 24 million gays.
The risk taken by Christian was no different than that taken by every gay man when he has sex. One must assume that every partner is a potential carrier and take the appropriate precautions. As to his “emotional distress,” it does seem as Hudson’s lawyers pointed out that Christian has turned his “distress” into a profitable talk-show career.
Rather than awarding Christian $21.75 million for his own perhaps careless behavior, the Hudson estate would do well to donate the money to AIDS research. But society in the form of 12 jurors has chosen to punish Hudson beyond the grave.