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McDowell controversy reminiscent of past Atlanta Braves anti-gay fouls

Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz once compared homosexuality to beastialityThe news of Atlanta Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell being put on administrative leave over alleged anti-gay slurs hurled at San Francisco Giants fans last weekend is just one of several incidents the team has had to answer for with LGBT fans.

McDowell was put on administrative leave today after allegedly shouting at several San Francisco Giants fans, "Are you a homo couple or a threesome?" and then imitating a sex act with a baseball bat. The coach also allegedly threatened the father of twin daughters who said he witnessed the incident and asked the coach to watch his language in front of children.

In 1999, former Braves relief pitcher John Rocker was quoted in a 1999 Sports Illustrated profile of him saying why he would never play in New York.

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Prop 8 ruling expected Wednesday

A San Francisco federal judge is expected to rule Wednesday on the long-awaited Proposition 8 trial that will determine if gay marriage is legal in California. Atlanta LGBT groups plan to gather in Midtown to either celebrate or protest the decision.

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Atlanta Eagle raid makes impact on S.F. Folsom Street Fair

Folsom Street Fair

The Sept. 10, 2009, police raid on the gay bar the Atlanta Eagle is making an impact across the country in San Francisco as the city’s Folsom Street Fair is paying tribute to the raid as well as a police raid on a Texas gay bar with its 2010 poster.

The fetish fair’s poster, set for Sept. 26, depicts a police lineup of colorful characters wearing a variety of bondage and leather gear.