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Mayors boycott St. Patrick’s Day parades over gay exclusion

Posted by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:12 AM
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Mayors boycott St. Patrick’s Day parades over gay exclusion

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Boston Mayor Martin Walsh will not be attending his city’s massive St. Patrick’s Day parade after the event’s sponsor, the South Boston Allied War Veterans’ Council, rejected an application by gay rights group MassEquality to allow 20 LGBT service members to participate and refused to budge on its decision.

“As mayor of the city of Boston, I have to do my best to ensure that all Bostonians are free to participate fully in the civic life of our city. Unfortunately, this year, the parties were not able to come to an understanding that would have made that possible,” Walsh said in a statement released Sunday. 

Walsh made a last-ditch effort to the Council Thursday to try and reach a settlement, but the organizers wrote that the vets will only be allowed to march if they do not identify themselves as gay with signs or t-shirts. “It is our intention to keep this parade a family friendly event,” the group wrote. “We will not allow any group to damage the integrity of the historic event – or our reputation as a safe and fun filled day for all.”

Walsh isn’t the only politician staying clear of the parade in Boston. More than 45 city councilors, state legislators who represent Boston, statewide elected officials, U.S. representatives and senators, and gubernatorial hopefuls will not be participating on Sunday, the politicians or their aides said.

A publicity firestorm ensued. Boston Beer Company, producer of Sam Adams brew, said it will no longer be sponsoring the parade in Boston on Sunday – an event that draws around 1 million to South Boston. 

“We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade,” the Boston Beer Co. said in a statement.

Heineken has withdrawn its sponsorship from the New York City parade on Monday and the city’s legendary Stonewall Inn will also drop Guinness beer from its shelves beginning Monday, March 17, following the beer company’s decision to stand by its sponsorship of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. 

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is also boycotting the St. Patrick’s day parade in New York over the policy to ban marchers who carry gay-pride signs. It is the first time in 20 years that a New York mayor will opt out of the event. 

“I will be participating in a number of other events to honor the Irish heritage of this city, but I simply disagree with the organizers of that parade,” de Blasio said at a press conference last month. He will instead be marching in the neighboring borough of Queens. 

by on Mar. 17, 2014 at 12:12 AM
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by Bronze Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 10:35 PM
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You know what's funny, the actual St. Patrick opposed inebriation. There is very little of Irish Heritage in this parade. Just commercialized Irishness. 

mustbeGRACE
by Silver Member on Mar. 17, 2014 at 10:41 PM

Well! 

  All gays in the city and their respective fag hags said the mayors had better !!!!!!

slashteddy
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:29 AM
I'll be picking up some Sam Adams this week.
JanuaryBaby06
by on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:33 AM
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good for them. tax payers shouldn't be paying for the parade period though. If they are going to discriminate I hope the tax payer funding gets pulled.

slashteddy
by Member on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:44 AM
However, Guiness did pull out at the last minute.
Ednarooni160
by Eds on Mar. 18, 2014 at 12:53 AM
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Is there a leprechaun the lgbt can sue?

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