Should gays be allowed to discriminate against heterosexuals? When it comes to participating on gay softball teams, we tend to think that’s okay, since there are zillions of softball leagues open to everyone and gay organizations ought to be able to maintain their identities, as such.
But what about bisexuals? It gets complicated when these issues make their way into the court system. Last week, U.S. District Judge John Coughenour said that he will allow a lawsuit brought by three bisexual male players against the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) to go to trial. The men say they were disqualified from the 2008 Gay Softball World Series in Seattle because they weren't sufficiently gay.
According to The Seattle Times, the three plaintiffs in the case said that they were humiliated by having their sexuality questioned and examined by the NAGAAA. The organization ultimately determined that they were not “gay enough,” and nullified their team’s second-place finish in the tournament.
Tough call. The National Center for Lesbian Rights in San Francisco has supported the plaintiffs (who are all men, by the way) and says the case represents a push for bisexual rights.The trial was scheduled for August.