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Under new leadership, New York St. Patrick’s Day parade to add second gay group

Thursday, July 2, 2015
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After ending a long and controversial ban on gay groups this year, the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day parade has new leadership and plans to add another gay contingent to its ranks, organizers said Wednesday. ...

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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
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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 bowing out of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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NEW YORK -- The Catholic League says it will sit out next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren't letting an anti-abortion group march. Bill Donohue heads the Catholic League, a group that fights prejudice ...

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Gay rights activists seek inclusion in NYC St. Patrick’s Parade

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Members of the group Irish Queers protest their exclusion from the St. Patrick's Day parade in New York on March 17, 2012.
NEW YORK -- Gay activists who have been pushing to join New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade since the 1990s called on organizers Tuesday to include them, not just a group for gay NBC employees. Members of a group ...

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