Out of curiosity, why do you think it distracts/detracts from the story?
I thought it made it more interesting.
Because a bunch of geeky gamer guys writing about a lesbian romance is not something that I can take seriously. I rate it just above anime or sonic fans drawing their favourite characters in questionable situations.
If you look at a show like the L-Word, a now long-running series about lesbians in relationships it's created and written primarily by women, there's a reason for that. People write about what they know.
Most (or all) guys don't understand women, and I suspect they understand lesbians relationships even less. Because in most media, like everything out of hollywood, lesbian is equated to simply hot girls kissing but I suspect that's for the most part inaccurate and in more ways than one.
That being said, I appreciate the effort on the part of the team, trying to characterize a romance between any characters is not exactly easy (just ask George Lucas). And what I've read so far has been fairly mature/respectful in it's execution. But it simply turns me off.
Or I could be wrong and maybe there's some mystery gamer woman on the team doing most of the writing but I suspect that's not the case.
(PS - I'm a geeky gamer guy too in case that wasn't clear)