TAMPA,, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla., radio personality David Flood -- known has Dave the Dwarf -- has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the state's 12-year-old law against dwarf-tossing contests in bars.
Flood said the law is unconstitutional because it treats dwarfs differently than other people.
"This law singles out people with dwarfism," said Flood's attorney, Michael Steinberg. "He doesn't feel disabled. He just feels shorter than other people."
The lobbying group, Little People of America, pushed the law through the Florida Legislature in 1989. It provides for fines or loss of liquor licenses for bars allowing patrons to toss willing dwarfs wearing harnesses onto mattresses.
"We are against dwarf tossing primarily because of the image it creates of us to the public -- that we're an object to be thrown," said Robert Van Ellen of Little People of America. "You wouldn't do that to any other minority."
Flood, 37, said decision should be up to him, not the state.
"As soon as you have a physical handicap ... all of a sudden they treat you like you don't have a mind of your own," Flood told The Tampa Tribune. "Just because I'm 3-foot-2 doesn't mean I can't make decisions."
Flood, who works for WFLZ in Tampa, filed the suit Wednesday.