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St. Patrick’s Day parades march toward equality

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
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Why does it matter whether or not gays are allowed to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Don't they have enough parades of their own? [...]

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Historic first: Gay groups march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Sunday, March 15, 2015
Members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, hold a banner and flags as they march in the St. Patrick's Day parade, Sunday, March 15, 2015, in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. Until now, gay rights groups have been barred by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators each year.
Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade made history Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups marched after decades of opposition that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. [...]

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Second gay rights group to march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

Friday, March 13, 2015
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This is the first year that parade organizers have allowed groups representing the gay community to participate in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators to South Boston. [...]

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Norfolk church boycotts St. Patricks parade after pro-LGBT governor named Grand Marshal

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Participants at Norfolk's 2014 St. Patrick's parade.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s support for same-sex marriage was listed among the reasons the church would no longer take part in the event. [...]

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NYC mayor to skip St. Patrick’s parade over policy excluding gays

Monday, March 2, 2015
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio looks on during a snowstorm as he arrives to march in the all-inclusive St. Pat's For All parade in the Sunnyside, Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The parade, which embraces diversity, is considered an alternative to New York City's official St. Patrick's Day parade, held March 17 in Manhattan.
Bill de Blasio says he's not planning to march in the nation's biggest and oldest St. Patrick's Day parade unless its organizers change their limitations on displays of gay pride. [...]

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New York City mayor marches in LGBT-friendly pre-St. Patrick’s Day parade

Sunday, March 1, 2015
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, center, waves the flag of Ireland as he marches beside Kerry Kennedy, third from left, during the all-inclusive St. Pat's For All parade in the Sunnyside, Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015. The St. Pat's For All parade, which embraces diversity and inclusion, is considered an alternative to the New York City's official St. Patrick's Day parade on March 17.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of participants at an LGBT-friendly St. Patrick's Day parade on Sunday that a society for all is one that embraces and respects everyone. [...]

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First time in history: Gay veterans to march in Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Eric Bullen, of Westborough, Mass., left, holds an American flag as U.S. Army veteran Ian Ryan, of Dennis, Mass., front right, rolls up an OutVets banner after marching with a group representing LGBT military veterans in a Veterans Day parade in Boston on Nov. 11, 2014.
The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which has long resisted the inclusion of gay groups, voted Monday night to allow the group OutVets to march in the 2015 parade. [...]

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Catholic League president wants to lead ‘Straight is great’ contingent at NYC pride

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Bill Donohue
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. [...]

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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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