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Second gay rights group to march in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

BOSTON — Organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade say a second gay rights group has been approved to march in this weekend’s event.

Boston Pride announced Friday that they will march in Sunday’s parade.

They join OutVets, a group of gay military veterans.

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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.

Tim Duross of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which runs the parade, confirmed the inclusion of Boston Pride. He says they will be allowed to march as long as they follow parade rules, which include no political messages.

The organizers in 1995 won a U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding their right to bar gay groups.

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