Scott, who has worked three World Series and three All-Star Games, had been the subject of an October profile in Referee magazine, which included a photo of Scott and his longtime companion, Michael Rausch, whom he married in November 2013. "Obviously, when I sent that picture (to the magazine), I knew exactly what it meant," Scott told Outsports.com. "In a small way, this was opening that door in a publication that wasn't going to be circulated nationwide. It could be picked up, but it's not Time magazine. I made that decision to go ahead and do it because I felt it was the right thing to do. "I realized that it could open a Pandora's Box, but this is not a surprise to Major League Baseball, the people I work for. It's not a surprise to the umpire staff." The 55-year-old Scott will begin his 30th season in the majors next spring. He has been a member of the big league staff since 1986 and is a crew chief. He worked the World Series in 1998, 2001 and 2004. "They'll still yell at me when a 3-2 slider doesn't break their way," he told The Associated Press. "But they'll be yelling at me because they didn't like my call, not because I'm a gay umpire." Commissioner Bud Selig issued a statement "For 29 years, Dale Scott has been an outstanding Major League umpire,'' Selig said. "To his friends and colleagues throughout the game, Dale is universally regarded as a class act. All of us at Major League Baseball are very proud of him, just as we have always been.''