Friday, June 3, 2011
Gay Softball League Limit On Straight Players OK'd
A federal judge in Seattle says a gay softball organization can limit the number of heterosexual players on each team.
The North Amateur Athletic Alliance oversees gay softball leagues in dozens of U.S. cities and runs an annual called the Gay Softball . Three men claim in a lawsuit that their team's second-place finish in the 2008 tournament in Washington state was nullified because they are bisexual, not gay, and thus their team exceeded the limit of two non-gay players.
U.S. District Judge John Coughenour ruled this week that the organization has a First Amendment right to limit the number of heterosexual players. However, the judge did say that questions remain about the way the softball association applied its rule, and so the case can proceed.