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Catholic League bowing out of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade

| Thursday, September 11, 2014
Bill Donohue
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 against the church. He said Thursday that his organization won't participate in the March 2015 parade for the first time in 20 years.

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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 called Irish Queers held a news conference to announce that they were applying for a spot in the 2015 event, the nation’s biggest and oldest ...

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Staten Island St. Pats parade organizers to weigh gay group participation

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
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NEW YORK -- Organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade on Staten Island have yet to decide whether gay groups will be allowed to march under their own banners. The president of the local Hibernians, Marty Crimmins, tells the Staten Island Advance that the issue will likely be discussed at a meeting in October or November.

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N.Y. Catholic Cardinal to lead St. Patrick’s Day parade with 1st gay group

| Thursday, September 4, 2014
New York Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan
NEW YORK -- There is no more natural spot for Roman Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan -- a proud, ebullient Irish-American -- than grand marshal of the city's historic St. Patrick's Day Parade. But the honor now has an added significance: Parade organizers said Wednesday they will allow the first gay group to march under its own banner. Dolan was quick to issue a statement...

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Gay rights groups scoff at NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
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NEW YORK -- A decision by organizers of the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade to allow one gay organization to march is a disappointment after decades of fighting by gay groups for full participation, several advocates said Wednesday. Some were dismayed that the organizers had chosen just one lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group to participate next year after ending a ban ...

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NYC mayor Bill de Blasio praises St. Patrick’s Day Parade decision

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Bill de Blasio
NEW YORK -- Mayor Bill de Blasio has praised the decision to allow a gay contingent to march under its own banner for the first time at New York City's St. Patrick's Day Parade. But he has not made a commitment to marching in the parade himself. De Blasio said Wednesday that he'll need to know more before deciding what he'll be doing six months from now.

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First ever gay group to march openly in NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade

| Wednesday, September 3, 2014
In this March 17, 2006 file photo, members of the Irish-American gay community protest in New York against the exclusion of gay groups from marching in New York City's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade. Organizers of the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade say they're ending the ban and will allow a gay group to march under its own banner for the first time in 2015.
NEW YORK -- A gay group will march under its own banner for the first time in the world's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade, organizers said Wednesday. The prohibition on identified gay groups in the centuries-old New York parade had made participation a political issue. Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio refused to march this year, and Guinness beer dropped its sponsorship.

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

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | 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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Guinness cancels sponsorship of NYC St. Patrick’s Day parade over gay ban

| Sunday, March 16, 2014
Guinness
NEW YORK -- Guinness announced Sunday it is cancelling its sponsorship of Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City because event organizers refuse to allow gay participants to carry signs expressing their LGBT pride.

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