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Boston mayor to boycott St. Patrick’s Day parade if gay groups are excluded

Thursday, February 27, 2014

BOSTON — Boston’s mayor says he will boycott the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.

Martin Walsh

Martin Walsh

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.

The parade draws an estimated one million spectators every year to South Boston.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said earlier this month he won’t be marching in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade because organizers refuse to allow participants to carry gay pride signs.

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  1. Bravo! Although I don’t particularly care as it’s more of a religious thing than a really ethnic thing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:27pm
  2. I'm not Catholic, nor am I an Irish person, neither by ethnic nor by passport. YOU JUST CONFUSED THE FUCK OUT OF ME: GG.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:28pm
  3. Um, St. Patrick drove the Snakes out. I'm not a fucking snake, can totally parade imo.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:28pm
  4. I only mean that these things are usually sponsored by the Catholic church or an arm of it, so it's their party. Now if it's not being sponsored by the church discrimination shouldn't happen. I just don't expect the catholic church to change, hypocrisy is its bread and butter.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:32pm
  5. St. Patrick days is an event where people can get drunk all they want... It's purpose has long been lost and by denying the LGBT community to take part in it is hypocrisy in itself unless of course the RCC promotes being drunk all day...

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:35pm
  6. Good man

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:27pm
  7. bravissimo for the Mayor

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:27pm
  8. Maith thú!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:28pm
  9. bravo !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:30pm
  10. good man

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:31pm
  11. Good. Don’t show up. Voters will remember.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:31pm
  12. I agree with you 100% Mr. Groves... Voters will remember the Mayor's inclusive non-discrimitory behavior and the parade's discriminatory exclusivity. ;-)

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:11pm
  13. t”Every year in Boston, it’s a big deal about whether or not gays can march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade. And I have to say that on some level, I kind of see their point because when you think about it, it is a real macho, heterosexual event — a bunch of guys, in short skirts, on a cart made of rose petals, sharing a bagpipe. That’s not for sissies”. The Wonderful Laura Kigthlinger!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:32pm
  14. You do realize not all gays are flamboyant?

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:50pm
  15. @Spencer, I came my Senior Year in High School 32 years ago. I have met every conceivable permutation of our community. When being "Flamboyant" was Fun and NOT met with Derision!!

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:55pm
  16. Good for him

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:34pm
  17. MOVING FORWARD

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:35pm
  18. Aren’t parade organizers required to obtain permits from cities? Why can’t cities with nondiscrimination policies deny parade permits to discriminatory parades?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:36pm
  19. Mabuhay!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:36pm
  20. Boston strong!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:37pm
  21. Good for him.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:37pm
  22. Good support Irish gays!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:39pm
  23. We need more of you in politics. ..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:41pm
  24. Right on Boston!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:42pm
  25. Boston Strong For ALL

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:43pm
  26. THANK YOU

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:48pm
  27. I dont celebrate that pagan hating holiday.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:48pm
  28. Well… “Irish Macho Tradition….” – “Discrimination” shouldn’t be allowed! Good for the Mayor!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:49pm
  29. Good for him! A mayor who stands by his convictions :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:49pm
  30. and will boston police and firefighters be permitted to wear their uniforms to an event that discriminates against some citizens?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:50pm
  31. Way to go Mr. Mayor ! Great man

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:52pm
  32. Brill brill brill

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:52pm
  33. Awww that’s nice!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:53pm
  34. Liss LaFleur’

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:54pm
  35. Excellent!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:59pm
  36. Good for you Mayor SIr!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:59pm
  37. UP !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:59pm
  38. let him know one cares just losing him votes

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 3:59pm
  39. Finally someone with a brain!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:00pm
  40. SPONSORS: Samuel Adams beer, omits god from their ads & have featured a transgender individual & same sex couple in their ads. Good on Ya :) Gillette is a sponsor and openly supports the lgbt community. YAY! AND, finally…the Westin Hotel Chain, GAY FRIENDLY. The Mayor should walk with the LGBT community :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:02pm
  41. Are any groups challenging the 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision (Hurley) that allows parade organizers to discriminate?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:02pm
  42. good

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:03pm
  43. good

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:05pm
  44. Thank you Mayor! Hats off!! Here’s to you!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:07pm
  45. finally!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:09pm
  46. Excellent!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:10pm
  47. Fuck u

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:14pm
  48. Great…first state to pass gay marriage and we still have our heads up our asses. And for irish to descriminate makes me lol. They were so hated in ri and ma for decades that they were just above slaves. They were allowed to do anything. Wtg jsckasses

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:15pm
  49. They aren’t discriminating ,its an Irish pride parade not a gay pride parade. It’s about irish heritage not about being gay, that’s what the gay pride parade is for..and yes I am gay.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:15pm
  50. Good, Stay home

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:16pm
  51. yes…it is a real macho event…all that swingin’ easy under those kilts…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:23pm
  52. GOOD for him! But I am growing weary over this shit… WHEN did the minds of man devolve 200 years? Was it BUSH in office for 8 years? You would think a nation that elects a black president would elect a gay president, woman president, etc… BTW Bigots, don’t flatter yourself… All gay people don’t want to F**K you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:28pm
  53. Yeah!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:29pm
  54. If we have gay Irish men, how the fuck do you tell them not to take part in their heritage??

    Dustin Duvall-Black, you’re just another Caucasian trying to be bossy.. KEEP YOUR IGNORANT COMMENTS TO YOURSELF, like straight people don’t come the gay pride..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:29pm
  55. Good guy mayor.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:33pm
  56. Yeah for Boston and its mayor!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 4:42pm