Every so often a news story comes across my desk that illustrates beautifully the human comedy. Thus it is with a story that appeared last week in the Los Angeles Times. The article in question described a discrimination suit filed by bisexuals against gays. The story illustrates not only the extent to which we have become a sexually Balkanized society, but why our court system is so clogged with specious lawsuits that it frequently is impossible to have legitimate suits heard in a reasonable amount of time.
According to the April 20th Times story, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court in Seattle alleging that the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance, which organizes the annual Gay Softball World Series, improperly discriminated against three bisexual men from the San Francisco area by taking away their team’s second place finish because the bisexual players on the team were “non-gay.” The tournament at which the alleged discrimination took place was the 2008 series held in Seattle, Washington.
This lawsuit, if it is permitted by the court to proceed, certainly will make for some interesting pleadings and testimony; but what is intriguing at the outset is that the lawyer for the alliance asserts that, as a private organization, the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance should be free to decide who its members can be. Hmmmm. This sound suspiciously similar to arguments that various Christian organizations and groups such as the Boy Scouts make, in defending against lawsuits seeking to force them accept into membership non-Christians or gays. Like I said — interesting.