Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Rescinds Invitation To Gay Group
Officials for Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade have taken back their invitation to allow MassEquality, a Massachusetts LGBT advocacy group, to march in the March 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade.
The invitation had originally come with the controversial order that MassEquality make no reference to actually being gay via their rhetoric, t-shirts, or signs, etc.
John Wacko Hurly, the longtime force behind the parade, said organizers met at a South Boston church Tuesday night and agreed "if MassEquality can't play by parade rules, they're no longer invited."
Parade organizers had extended the group a marching spot, but members were not allowed to hold signs or shirts that identified them as gay.
"LGBT people have always been able to be veterans or firefighters, but what we have't been able to do is march as LGBT people," Executive Director of MassEquality Kara Coredini said.
MassEquality rejected the restriction, re-applied to march and parade organizers rejected the request and cut off negotiations.
With this new development, it looks like Mayor Martin Walsh will be sticking with his original plans to boycott the parade.
"If they're not in the parade, I probably won't march," Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said.
"The mayor represents all the people of the city of Boston," Walsh said. "I think it's important to send a message across the city."
Still he's keeping the faith, saying:
"You know, I'd really like to march in the parade a week from Sunday," Walsh said. "I'm hopeful and I'll hold out hope until the very end."
While we can appreciate the sentiment, on Tuesday night it was announced that "the deal is dead."
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