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St. Patrick’s Day parades proceed amid tension over exclusion of gays

Monday, March 17, 2014
Michael Dwyer, APA group standing for diversity marches in the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in the South Boston neighborhood of Boston, Sunday, March 16, 2014.
NEW YORK -- A weekend of St. Patrick's Day revelry and tensions over the exclusion of gays in some of the celebrations was culminating Monday in New York, where Guinness beer and the city's new mayor planned to sit out the world's largest parade celebrating Irish heritage. [...]

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Mayor skips Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over exclusion of gay vets

Sunday, March 16, 2014
Martin Walsh
BOSTON — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is skipping the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday because organizers are excluding a group of gay veterans. [...]

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Mass. AG backing gay couple in lawsuit against Catholic Church

Saturday, March 15, 2014
Martha Coakley
BOSTON -- Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley filed a court brief Thursday in support of a married, same-sex couple who sued the Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester for allegedly refusing to sell them a Northbridge mansion because church officials were concerned they would host gay weddings at the site. [...]

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Sam Adams pulls sponsorship of Boston St. Patrick’s parade for excluding gays

Friday, March 14, 2014
Sam-Adams
BOSTON -- The maker of Sam Adams beer says it is withdrawing its sponsorship of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade because organizers exclude gay groups. [...]

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Gay veterans give up on efforts to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, March 13, 2014
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BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march. [...]

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Gay Ethiopian faces persecution, prison if deported from the U.S.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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BOSTON, Mass. -- Federal immigration officials in Boston are seeking to deport a 19-year-old gay Ethiopian man, where he is likely to be persecuted and imprisoned. [...]

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Gay, Irish, in Boston? The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is not for you

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Julien Behal, Press Association (via AP, File)
Let me begin by saying I’m not Irish – something my Irish partner Susan tries daily to not hold against me – and I do not understand the need for all the St. Patrick’s Day tomfoolery. That said, it is beyond my scope of reason to believe that there is [...]

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Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers bar gay veterans group

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
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BOSTON — Boston's mayor is hoping a deal can still be reached to allow a gay group to march in the city's St. Patrick's Day parade, even after organizers said they were deceived by a gay veterans group and ended negotiations. [...]

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Deal held up over gays marching in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Monday, March 3, 2014
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BOSTON -- A gay rights advocacy group said Monday that it is pushing for gay people to be allowed to march "openly and honestly" in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, but an agreement has not been reached with parade organizers. [...]

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Mass. state House passes updates to anti-bullying law

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Mass-capitol
BOSTON -- The Massachusetts House has approved a bill designed to build on the state's 2010 anti-bullying law in part by strengthening protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and students with disabilities. [...]

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