U.S. District Judge John Coughenour in Seattle has ruled that the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance has the right to limit the number of non-gay players on gay softball teams in the association, according to this report from MyFoxDFW.
NAGAAA, by the way, is the organization with which Dallas’ Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association and North Texas Women’s Softball Association are associated. NAGAAA also sponsors the annual Gay World Series, being held this year in Chicago, Aug. 29-Sept. 3.
Judge Coughenour wrote in his ruling: “Plaintiffs have failed to argue that there is a compelling state interest in allowing heterosexuals to play gay softball.”
The judge did say, however, that the case — brought by three bisexual men on a San Francisco NAGAAA team — can go to trial because there were some questions over how NAGAAA applied its rule allowing no more than two non-gay players per team. Trial is set for Aug. 1.
The three men filed the suit after their eligibility was questioned by rivals during a 2008 Gay World Series game in Seattle.