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"Not Gay Enough" Softball Saga Over

Amateur softball team's saga comes to an end.



    "Not Gay Enough" Softball Saga Over
    The verdict in this case: It's okay to be bi-sexual.

    The saga of the San Francisco amateur softball team, which won a second-place trophy at a gay softball tournament in Seattle -- only to be forced to return it when league officials determined too many of its players to be straight -- is over.

    Verdict: It's ok to be bisexual.

    The North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance found itself sued in federal court by three San Francisco ballplayers: Stephen Apilado, Laron Charles and John Russ. Those were the players -- some of whom identify as bisexual, even as one reports being married to a woman on his Facebook page -- who participated on team D2, which advanced to the championship game of the 2008 gay softball tournament, according to reports.

    But in said game, a team from Atlanta accused D2 of using too many straight players. A team could have up to two heterosexuals on its roster; after an "embarassing" public interview, league officials determined Apilado, Charles, and Russ were all straight, and ergo their team disqualified.

    "One of the guys was in tears, and they just could not believe that within a couple of questions, they had determined what their sexual orientation was," Vincent Fuqua, the commissioner of the local San Francisco Gay Softball League, told the San Francisco Examiner.

    The players sued, and their victory Monday -- in which they received an undisclosed amount of cash as well as their trophy -- is being hailed as a milestone for bisexuals everywhere.