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MLB adds ‘sexual orientation’ to non-discrimination policy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Major League Baseball on Tuesday announced that its new Collective Bargaining Agreement includes “sexual orientation” in its non-discrimination policy.

Article XV, Section A of the MLB’s expiring Basic Agreement, in effect from 2006-2011, states: “The provisions of this Agreement shall be applied to all Players covered by this Agreement without regard to race, color, religion or national origin.”

In the new agreement, the words “sexual orientation” were added to Article XV, reported the New York Daily News.

This decision follows that National Football League, which did the same in their CBA this year. Baseball officials familiar with the process describe the mention of “sexual orientation” as not necessarily related to the NFL, and as a provision readily agreed upon by both union and league negotiators.

The change in wording comes at the end of a significant year for gay rights issues. The military abolished its “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and same-sex marriage became legal in New York state. In baseball, several teams filmed an “It Gets Better Video,” an anti-bullying effort aimed at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth.

Michael Weiner, the union’s executive director, said that the decision was not motivated by requests from his membership, but by “the lawyers on both sides just recognizing that it should be there.”

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8 more reader comments:

  1. WHOO-YEAH!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:24pm
  2. Good for them. Now, whether or not MLB players will actually come out while they are active players will remain to be seen.

    Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 10:25pm
  3. Wow pretty awesome

    Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:15pm
  4. laughing out loud, about time

    Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:31pm
  5. great news!

    Posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 at 11:43pm
  6. True, but if they want to they should feel that they can.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 12:21am
  7. Wonderful. Not to be disparaging, how long before they consider gender & gender presentation? Pretty much never – because then MLB would have to let in women, too. Love baseball, but it is a discriminatory sport at its root.

    Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 5:26am
  8. wooo hoooMY FAVORITE SPORT HAS BECOME EVEN MORE BETTERERRRRR

    Posted on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at 5:33am