What Do the Boy Scouts, Westboro Baptist Church, and Gay Softball Have In Common?
Each of their particular brands of discrimination are protected under the law.
A quick recap from Eli Sanders at the Slog:
(In short: Allegations of non-gay people from San Francisco sneaking onto a team at the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, followed by the convening of an on-field tribunal to examine the sexual preferences of said San Franciscans, followed by complaints of racism and more from said San Franciscans—and then, finally, a federal anti-discrimination lawsuit filed by the National Center for Lesbian Rights, on behalf of said San Franciscans, in Seattle, with Judge John C. Coughenour presiding.)
If you want to delve a little deeper, Sanders’ full piece on the controversy is right HERE.
Judge John C. Coughenour issued an order yesterday effectively stating that straight players who felt they had been discriminated against when their sexuality was questioned by a Gay Softball World Series tribunal are up gay creek without a paddle. The plaintiffs “failed to argue that there is a compelling state interest in allowing heterosexuals to play gay softball.”
Judge Coughenour cited two Supreme Court decisions gay blog readers are all too familiar with; the right of the Boy Scouts of America to kick homosexuals out of their organization, and the right of the Westboro Baptist Church to picket funerals. In short, the Gay Softball World Series may be jerks, but they are jerks who are legally protected in their mission to create a safe place for gay athletes to participate in.
While we are able to see both parties’ points of view, anyone who has ever watched a gayborhood transform into condos, a Chipotle and an Urban Outfitters or anyone who has ever been to a gay bar in Vancouver can attest, when straight people pour into gay spaces, it has the obvious result of diluting what made the place so great in the first place.
Which isn’t to say that we don’t respect and admire all of the straights that have our backs (and fronts). It’s just sometimes, we want a gay bar to be a gay bar, or a gay softball league to be a gay softball league.
No harm, no foul?