MLB On AZ Anti-Gay Bill: We Have ‘Zero-Tolerance Policy’ On LGBT Discrimination

FILE -- This Aug. 7, 1996, file photo, shows the Oakland Coliseum in transition from baseball to football field configuration in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is desperately trying to keep the team from moving out of a cit... FILE -- This Aug. 7, 1996, file photo, shows the Oakland Coliseum in transition from baseball to football field configuration in Oakland, Calif. Oakland is desperately trying to keep the team from moving out of a city already struggling with crime, financial woes and blow after blow to its public image. To the south in the heart of booming Silicon Valley, San Jose is seeking to bolster its profile and treasury with an aggressive campaign to win the A's, including a legal challenge to Major League Baseball's sacrosanct antitrust exemption that the mayor vows to take to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. Standing in the way are San Francisco's Giants, who claim the lucrative Silicon Valley commercial market as their exclusive territory. And so far, the Giants are winning. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File) MORE LESS
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Major League Baseball on Wednesday issued a statement on the controversial anti-gay bill passed by the Arizona legislature last week, condemning discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association. Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitudes or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game,” the statement reads.

“As the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance.”

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