Boston Mayor To Boycott St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Exclusion
Back in February we reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio would be boycotting this year's St. Patrick's Day Parade due to the exclusion of gay groups by parade organizers.
Well, it looks like Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is also taking a stand! He's announced that he'll be boycotting Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade based on its lack of gay inclusion.
Boston’s mayor says he will boycott the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.
Mayor Martin Walsh says he’s trying to broker a deal with parade organizers to allow a group of gay military veterans to march. The son of Irish immigrants said Wednesday that allowing gay groups to participate is "long overdue."
Parade organizers, however, appear unwilling to budge.
John "Wacko" Hurley said "it’s final" that gay groups will continue to be excluded, pointing to a unanimous 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing organizers to exclude gay and lesbian groups.
Hurley says Walsh "is not in a position" to overturn the court’s decision.
We love seeing leaders in major U.S. cities taking a stand for the LGBT community!
And let's be honest, discrimination on a day when we should all be happily getting drunk together can not stand!!
(H/T: The Edge New England)