Peter Sprigg of the Christian conservative Family Research Council (FRC) alleges that Major League Baseball (MLB) is calling gay rights foes bigots.

In condemning the MLB's recent announcement that it would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation in its new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), Sprigg said the league has sided with gay rights activists.

“In the larger picture, the homosexual activists are trying to have their ideology become dominant not only in the most liberal segments of society, like academia, but in the most conservative institutions, such as the military, the church, and now in sports,” Sprigg told CitizenLink, the political arm of the FRC. “Liberals attack conservatives for the idea of legislating morality, but this is exactly what's happening when one of these codes is adopted. It's saying that anyone who disapproves of homosexual conduct, for whatever reason, is a bigot and we are taking a moral stance against that.”

“This is not a neutral act. It's taking sides in the culture war,” he added.

In July, the National Football League (NFL) added similar protections to its 2011 agreement.