Tom Hanks made famous the first part of that with his line in A League of their Own and the Seattle Mariners establishment has made infamous the second just this past weekend when it admonished a lesbian couple for kissing at a game. Details are a little controversial. Apparently an usher told the couple that a mother with a young son (or maybe multiple children--details keep changing) had complained and that the couple should cease and desist or they would be asked to leave.
They stuck around--to take pictures of all the heteros kissing without any interference from (pseudo)authorities. And to lodge a formal complaint.
I can't figure out if Safeco Field has a "kissing cam" which pans the crowd and if it stops on you--you kiss. Other sports venues certainly do. Regardless of whose kissing is being promoted and whose is demoted, it was blatant discrimination.
This is a pretty tired rant and I am pretty tired myself today so it might not have the full force of my cynicism and rage* behind it but here goes:
To the lady who complained: screw you. The world is not centered around your child--or anyone's child or even children as an entity. If it was we wouldn't have R-rated movies, or explicit lyrics, or half the shows that currently air on television, or war, or hunger that could easily be ended by redistribution of resources. Two women kissing should be the least of your problems. Oh yeah, and it shouldn't even be a problem. If you can come up with an answer to why the sky is blue, you should be able to handle this one, too. Because just like the sky, lesbians and gay people and trans people are out there.
The Mariners are still investigating "the incident" but it seems the details and accusations keeps changing. "Groping" has been added to the list of alleged offenses the couple engaged in.
[h/t to Dr. P for alerting me to the story]
*Pat Griffin over at her It Takes a Team blog was clearly feeling far less tired as her post on the issue exhibits a level of biting wit and cynicism that I can only envy and stand back and admire.