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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
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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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