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

Members of the Gay Officers Action League march through a snowstorm during the all-inclusive St. Pat's For All parade in Sunnyside Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015.
Members of the Gay Officers Action League march through a snowstorm during the all-inclusive St. Pat’s For All parade in Sunnyside Queens neighborhood of New York, Sunday, March 1, 2015. Kathy Willens, AP

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LGBT activists say the main parade organizer, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has been under increasing pressure to allow diversity, especially after New York state passed its Marriage Equality Act in 2011, allowing marriages for same-sex couples.

The two grand marshals at the 15th annual St. Pat’s for All parade were longtime human rights activist Kerry Kennedy and Tony Award-winning actor Brian O’Byrne.

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Patti Lowenhaupt, a retired art teacher and Queens resident who showed up for the parade, said people “are all human beings underneath it all.”

“We here in Queens have the ability to accept all kinds of people,” Lowenhaupt said.

Several protesters, however, stood on the side holding signs that read “Sodom & Gomorrah.”

Other elected officials participating in the St. Pat’s for All parade included City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and city Comptroller Scott Stringer.

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