Culture Despite political pressure, St. Patty's parade will stay straight in Boston
Despite political pressure, St. Patty's parade will stay straight in Boston
Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade will take place again this year, minus homosexual groups, despite their repeated demands.
In the 1990's homosexuals wanted to march in the parade, and when organizers refused, they sued.
Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance tells OneNewsNow the lawsuit reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled 9-0 parade organizers could choose who participates.
That's because it's a privately operated event. The parade is sponsored by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. This year's parade is March 16.
"So this year the new mayor, Marty Walsh, who is a 1,000 percent pro-homosexual, decided that he was going to help the homosexual activists force the issue on this," Camenker recalls.
There were discussions with parade organizers, who stated what they have said before: homosexuals can march, just without banners and signs proclaiming a homosexual message.
"If you just want to show up and march with a normal group and don't talk about that, they didn't care," Camenker explains.
According to the parade website, organizers said they were deceived by a homosexual rights group, Mass Equality, that claimed 20 members of gay rights group LGBT Veterans of Equality wanted to march in the parade.
As the homosexual groups were lobbying for a compromise, parade organizers learned there are not 20 members in the veterans group and, in fact, could not confirm such a group even existed.
"It became evident to us we were being misled by them and that is where negotiations ended," the Veterans Council stated in a press release.
Two Catholic schools decided to keep their floats parked when it appeared homosexual groups were gaining an edge, but officials decided to stick with their policy so their floats will roll again this year.
Homosexuals have their own so-called pride event in June.