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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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Heineken pulls sponsorship from NYC St. Patrick’s over ban on gay pride signs

Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Heineken announced Friday it has pulled its sponsorship of Monday's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to let gay participants carry signs displaying LGBT pride. [...]

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Martin Walsh
BOSTON -- Boston's mayor says he will boycott the city's annual St. Patrick's Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate. [...]

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