Does a ’gay’ softball team need a homo-quota?

by EDGE

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday September 8, 2008

The enforcement in last month's Gay World Series in Seattle of a seldom enforced rule limiting softball teams to no more than two heterosexual players has resulted in an appeal of one team's disqualification and a question about why such a rule still exists.

D2, a team from San Francisco, beat the Atlanta Mudcats in the series to qualify for the A Division championship game against the Los Angeles Vipers. But the Mudcats filed a protest, alleging that six of D2's players were straight. North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAA) rules state a team in the series may have no more than two straight players on its squad. A review indicated that four of the six players were straight, D2 was disqualified, the championship was awarded to the Vipers, and the Mudcats and other teams which finished behind D2 all moved up a notch in the standings.

San Francisco Gay Softball League Commissioner Vincent Fuqua said the team was appealing the disqualification, and he hoped the matter would be resolved this month.

As of press time, NAGAA Commissioner Roy Melani had not commented on the disqualification or the appeal. The official Gay World Series, web site, gave no indication of the disqualification other than to show the Vipers finishing in first, the Mudcats finishing in second, the Phoenix Toros in third, and the Atlanta Venom and Houston Force in fourth.

Fuqua, who said he does not think a discriminatory ban against heterosexuals should exist, said the sexuality of the players was judging by asking players questions.

"My understanding," Fuqua said, "is they were read a definition of what a homosexual person was and what a gay person was. How they responded was used to determine whether they were gay or straight. Not one person when they responded ever actually said they were straight. These were not new players; they had played in six Gay World Series already. As long as I've been involved with NAGAA, nobody before has been disqualified."

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