A settlement has been reached in the federal lawsuit brought by three bisexual softball players whose team was disqualified from competition following a protest hearing at the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, played in Seattle, it was announced Monday.
The National Center for Lesbian Rights ( NCLR ) filed the lawsuit in April 2010 in Federal Court after the Washington Human Rights Commission decided to pass on the case. The plaintiffs asserted various discrimination and privacy claims against NAGAAA, and asked the court to bar the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance ( NAGAAA ) , which hosts the annual event, from enforcing its rule in any future Gay Softball World Series.
In the settlement, according to NCLR, NAGAAA recognized that disqualifying the players was not consistent with NAGAAA's intention of being inclusive of bisexual players. NAGAAA now recognizes the players' team—D2—as a second-place winner of the 2008 Gay Softball World Series, and will award the team a second-place trophy. Plus, NAGAAA expressed regret at the impact the 2008 protest hearing process had on the players and their team, according to the NCLR. NAGAAA confirmed that its records will be amended to reflect the players' participation in 2008, including the results of all games played by their team.
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