Disqualified Gay Softball League Players Settle Lawsuit Over Not Being Gay Enough

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One of my personal favorite stories of the last couple years is that of the players for the gay softball league that were disqualified for not being gay enough. That tale has finally met its conclusion--with a court settlement!

To recap, back in 2008 a San Francisco-based team called D2 came to Seattle to play in the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance's Gay Softball World Series. Rumors had abounded that some members of D2 were not actually gay, but possibly--gasp!--bisexual, or worse, straight.

So, taking a page out of the Spanish Inquisition playbook, members of NAGAAA set up a hearing panel of sorts and brought in the suspected breeders to make them prove that they are gay.

Two suspects were deemed to be sufficiently homo. Three were found to be either bisexual or straight, and the panel ended up disqualifying D2 and stripping the team of its second-place trophy.

At the time, one of the inquisitors made the now-semi-famous quote "This is not a bisexual world series. This is a gay world series."

After being disqualified, the three men who were found to have run afoul of the gay requirements sued, arguing that their constitutional rights were violated when they were forced to disclose their sexuality to a room full of strangers, and were further violated when they were barred from inclusion in the league.

But this past summer U.S. District Judge John Coughenour ruled that NAGAAA was in the right and could discriminate on the basis of sexuality in much the same way that the Boy Scouts of America do.

The men appealed Coughenour's ruling and now a settlement has been reached.

The amount of money awarded to the disqualified players--if any--is not disclosed. But the settlement includes a part where NAGAAA has agreed to let all bisexual players play from now on.

Best of all for D2, the team gets its second-place trophy back.

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