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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.

The Associated Press reports:

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)

Comments

The previous boycotted the parade for years, but Marty Walsh proudly marched in years past when he was representing that district. So it really is not all that brave on his part, it's more political pandering,and speaking of politics, I supported his opponent so I am biased. However to his credit, he did manage to get Mass Equality a spot in the parade. The group has restrictions but this is a huge step. I also believe Walsh is marching with this group, but this development is just being reported, so it could change.

Also, if you are from Boston you would know that while the parade is in Southie, what was once the Irish enclave, and all things Irish are celebrated, it technically celebrates Evacuation Day when the British troops left Boston and is in honor of veterans,  so a gay veterans' group in the parade would really be groundbreaking, but this same group does not allow Veterans for Peace to march, even though some of them are decorated and were wounded in the recent wars. Go figure!

Mike Ryan stick a potato up your ass.

Hurley needs to go back to 1995 if he wants to follow those laws. New laws are in place and they are coming your way Hurley! I have Irish heritage and I am gay. Get over it. Time to move into the 21st century.

Wacko Hurley needs a black and tan and is in dire need of a blow job.

I was marching with the Gay Marching Band in the San Francisco St. Patrick's Day Parade back in 1980.  Really guys?  Get over it already.  I know LOTS of gay Irishmen.  You guys are pathetic.

just think if God hates homosexuals for LOVING somebody, and they are going to burn in help, just think where you are going to go for hating somebody.....anti gay is wrong always it is unethical and immoral

STOP BULLYING NON GAYS.   THE MAYOR IS WRONG.

Dude has his opinion and is sticking by it just like those who decided to excluded homosexuals in the Saint Patricks Day Parade are doing. Its not bullying.

Gay Irishmen are just as Irish as anyone! The parade organizers and white trash of Southie are wrong. 

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