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posted Friday, November 25, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 47
Baseball to add 'sexual orientation' protection to union contract
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Baseball to add 'sexual orientation' protection to union contract

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Major League Baseball announced November 22 that it was adding protections for Gay players to its collective bargaining agreement.

Article XV, Section A of the 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' will also appear in the nondiscrimination section.

The National Football League added similar language to its union contract earlier this year.

Baseball officials familiar with the process told the New York Daily News that the addition of 'sexual orientation' is not necessarily related to the NFL.

The provision was readily agreed to by both union and league negotiators, the baseball insiders told the Daily News.

This year, the San Francisco Giants became the first pro sports team to make an 'It Gets Better' video, on the urging of local Gay activist Sean Chapin. Several other pro baseball teams have since followed suit.

'Still, there remains disagreement within locker rooms whether a MLB team is ready to accept an openly Gay teammate,' the Daily News notes.

When New York legalized same-sex marriage, several New York Mets players privately told the Daily News they would be uncomfortable with an openly Gay teammate. Others said they would be comfortable.

'Most of us are still Neanderthals,' one Met explained.

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