Bill Donohue of the Catholic League announced Wednesday that the controversy over the New York St. Patrick’s Day parade’s ban on LGBT groups has inspired him to apply to march at the New York pride parade with a “Straight Is Great” banner.
Donohue told conservative talk show host Steve Malzberg that if his application is approved he will “bring a big wedding cake” to the pride parade, in what he seems to think would be a slight to LGBT people.
Donohue told Malzberg that he’s had his “last pint” of Guinness after the beer company dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parade over its anti-gay policy, adding that he will burn his Guinness cap. “I’m going to go after Guinness big time, nonstop, relentlessly,” Donohue said, arguing that the company is “trying to stick it to Roman Catholics.”
On Thursday, David Studinski, March Director of NYC Pride, said, “Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March. His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘We Have Won When We’re One.’ Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate.”
NYC Parade Managing Director Chris Frederick added, “Straight allies are great. We have thousands of straight people participating in the Pride March, including Catholic groups, who support LGBT youth, families and married couples.”