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Gay softball league limit on straight players OK'd
San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2011 | GENE JOHNSON

Posted on 06/02/2011 8:10:36 PM PDT by artichokegrower

A gay softball organization that runs an annual tournament called the Gay Softball World Series can keep its rule limiting the number of heterosexual players on each team, a federal judge has ruled.

The decision came in a lawsuit filed by three men who say they were disqualified from the annual tournament because they weren't gay enough. They said in the suit filed last year 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 said Tuesday that their suit can proceed to trial. But he also ruled that the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, which also oversees gay softball leagues in dozens of U.S. cities, has a First Amendment right to limit the number of heterosexual players, much as the Boy Scouts have a constitutional right to exclude gays.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: 2crazy4words; baseonballs; catchers; pitchers
Sounds like a fair trade. I won't play softball with these folks and gay scout masters can be excluded from the Boy Scouts.
1 posted on 06/02/2011 8:10:37 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Yeah, but will they allow switch hitters? (Apologies to the great Reggie Smith)


2 posted on 06/02/2011 8:11:53 PM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: artichokegrower

This is the stuff that the Ninth Circus concerns itself with.


3 posted on 06/02/2011 8:12:14 PM PDT by Dr.Deth
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To: artichokegrower

How would they know which players were....oh never mind. I don’t want to know.


4 posted on 06/02/2011 8:13:01 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: BenLurkin

Maybe it has something to do with their grip on the bat?


5 posted on 06/02/2011 8:14:24 PM PDT by hoosierham (Waddaya mean Freedom isn't free ?;will you take a credit card?)
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To: artichokegrower

Two questions: 1) What heterosexual male wants to play in a homosexual league, and 2) what would the court decide were this a heterosexual league wanting to exclude homos?


6 posted on 06/02/2011 8:15:00 PM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier currently deployed in the Valley of Death, Afghanistan)
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To: artichokegrower
Image and video hosting by TinyPic How can you tell which one is the pitcher and which one is the catcher?
7 posted on 06/02/2011 8:16:03 PM PDT by festusbanjo (We need more leaders running the country and fewer politicians ruining the country.)
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To: hoosierham

And we won’t talk about getting a base on balls.


8 posted on 06/02/2011 8:16:14 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: artichokegrower

Biff: “You throw like a girl.”

Vincent: “Thanks. My dugout or yours?”


9 posted on 06/02/2011 8:18:39 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Beat me to it!

I was wondering about the switch-hitter quota too - lol


10 posted on 06/02/2011 8:19:35 PM PDT by libertarian27 (Ingsoc: Department of Life, Department of Liberty, Department of Happiness)
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To: SoldierDad

So much for embracing diversity.


11 posted on 06/02/2011 8:21:32 PM PDT by artichokegrower
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To: Dr. Sivana

Nope; just pitchers, catchers, and ballboys.


12 posted on 06/02/2011 8:27:50 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: SoldierDad

I can only answer the first question: gays in the closet.

The second is moot, as anybody proposing such a thing would be jailed outright.

Certainly puts a different meaning to the guys piling on each other when they win the World Series, though.


13 posted on 06/02/2011 8:29:44 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: artichokegrower

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so sad.


14 posted on 06/02/2011 8:30:39 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 81)
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To: artichokegrower

Only in SF. Who in their right mind would sue to get on a gay team. I revolt at the very thought of what you would have to do to try out for the team!!!!!!


15 posted on 06/02/2011 8:32:19 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: SoldierDad
What heterosexual male wants to play in a homosexual league

I know. Seriously.

what would the court decide were this a heterosexual league wanting to exclude homos?

Oh it would be a hate crime for sure! Those hateful Heterosexuals!

16 posted on 06/02/2011 8:33:09 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
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To: artichokegrower

How many liars are allowed on each team?


17 posted on 06/02/2011 8:48:02 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: artichokegrower

Ahh... another lesson in liberal tolerance for us to take in.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 8:51:30 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

The team with the straight players was from SF. The team who filed the injunction is not clarified in the report, but I believe they are from the Seattle area.


19 posted on 06/02/2011 8:52:37 PM PDT by christofortruth
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To: artichokegrower

You won’t find me within miles of a gay softball league...


20 posted on 06/02/2011 9:23:47 PM PDT by CurlyDave
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To: artichokegrower

Jones batting, Smith on deck, and everyone else is in the Hole.


21 posted on 06/02/2011 9:33:46 PM PDT by Eccl 10:2 (Pray for the peace of Jerusalem - Ps 122:6)
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To: Iron Munro

Now that´s funny.


22 posted on 06/02/2011 9:39:14 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: artichokegrower

Did they really have a straight person complaining?


23 posted on 06/02/2011 10:12:47 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: artichokegrower

For God´s sake, get high school and college females into baseball. This softball lunacy is ingrained, but untrue.


24 posted on 06/02/2011 10:29:54 PM PDT by onedoug (If)
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To: artichokegrower

Uh, the point is can they play ball?


25 posted on 06/02/2011 10:39:21 PM PDT by Beowulf9
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To: artichokegrower
Batter up!


26 posted on 06/02/2011 11:00:35 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Just once I'd like someone to call me 'Sir' without adding 'You're making a scene.' - Homer Simpson)
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To: artichokegrower

Trying my best not to give a damn.


27 posted on 06/02/2011 11:31:26 PM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (Borders, laws and language are what define us (USA) as a country. Let's guard them well.)
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To: taraytarah

buncha heterophobics


28 posted on 06/03/2011 9:38:39 AM PDT by kingattax (99 % of liberals give the rest a bad name)
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To: artichokegrower

Excellent and proper ruling. We have an absolute right to freedom of association. We need to return to it.


29 posted on 06/06/2011 9:49:12 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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