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Sam Adams Beer Pulls Out of Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Refusal of Gay Groups


Samuel Adams beer has pulled out as a sponsor of the South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade over its refusal to allow gays to march in the parade, according to a statement from the Boston Beer Company:

"We have been participating in the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade for nearly a decade and have also supported the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast year after year.  We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country.

We were hopeful that both sides of this issue would be able to come to an agreement that would allow everyone, regardless of orientation, to participate in the parade.  But given the current status of the negotiations, we realize this may not be possible.  

We share these sentiments with Mayor Walsh, Congressman Lynch and others and therefore we will not participate in this year’s parade.  We will continue to support Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and her St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. We wish her all the best in her historic stewardship of this tradition."

 MassEquality had been negotiating with parade organizers to march in the parade and had at one point been offered an agreement that they could march so long as they did not identify as a gay group.

Negotiations went downhill from there and a few days ago the group received what it says was a "hostile" rejection from parade organizers.

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  1. I shall have to remember that. Don't buy much beer but will keep the brand in mind.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Mar 14, 2014 10:14:27 AM

  2. It's high effing time that the American Irish caught up with what it means to be Irish.

    These American Irish have disgraced their name in their pursuit of old abandoned attitudes of bigotry and malice. In a world where equality and respect for difference has triumphed, this gang exposes itself as the angry old white dudes which has not adapted to change.

    we are Irish, we are gay. Why shouldn't we be in our National day Parade ?
    Move over, you stuffy old fools.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 14, 2014 10:15:45 AM

  3. I don't get why this year is different from any of the other 10+ years that they've participated in the bigot parade. It's not like it wasn't well known that gays were barred all of those years.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Mar 14, 2014 10:29:22 AM

  4. Tampazeke, this issue received renewed attention because Boston has a new mayor. Menino was in office for 20 years and for a long time had not participated in the parade. But Menino is of Italian decent and the new mayor is of Irish decent. It really should not matter in this day and age, but it does. the Irish American neighborhoods really came out and voted for Walsh, helping him get elected. I think his choice to not participate in the parade this year really brought attention. With media attention of course comes increassed pressure on everyone involved and so Sam Adams (headquarters in Boston) made this change.

    Posted by: Kevin | Mar 14, 2014 10:44:06 AM

  5. Good for Sam Adams. Once more the issue is clear. Act as you wish. Act in whatever exclusionary way you want to act. But, in a society that is more interested in inclusion, don't expect to be supported, particularly financially, by those of us who think your passe ignorance is worth a red cent.

    Posted by: Michael | Mar 14, 2014 10:47:59 AM

  6. these things have a way of snowballing. hopefully, other sponsors will drop out.

    then it can be the chickfila and barilla parade.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 14, 2014 10:53:38 AM

  7. It's great that Samuel Adams beer has taken a stand - they're the good guys. Why are gays not allowed to openly march in so many American St. Patrick Day's parades? It's pretty dumb, and something left over from a long time ago.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Mar 14, 2014 10:54:00 AM

  8. The Irish-Americans who run these parades are NOT Irish. They are American. They disgrace and embarrass Ireland, and Ireland wants NOTHING to do with them.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 14, 2014 10:57:09 AM

  9. GOOD!

    for the life of me, it's all just so baffling.

    an Irish "holiday" celebrating a Scottish Protestant that is marked by consuming booze and general public drunkenness and people have decided ....that we need to keep The gays out of it?

    The mind boggles.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 14, 2014 11:05:13 AM

  10. I love the Irish and Irish Americans, but they do seem to have a bit of a hangup about sex, especially the men. Of course, this is true of some other cultures as well.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 14, 2014 11:13:16 AM

  11. GEEZ. C'mon guys, for the last time:

    Bostons' St. Patrick's Day Parade (as well as New York's) is a CATHOLIC organized event first, then Irish.

    The New York Parade starts with a Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral. It is the CATHOLIC church primarly screaming about gays being in the parade. If gays are willing to march in the parade WITHOUT any kind of Gay Pride banner, or identifying signs-then we're welcome.

    Want to march in their parade and carry a rainbow flag - forgetaboutit. They don't want us. This has always been a Catholic/Irish event, and the Catholic church both in Boston and New York call the shots.

    So, JACKFKNTWIST, you've got to get your facts straight. It's just more of the Catholic anti-gay sentiment. Don't hold a rainbow flag in their parade, and don't sit in the pews if you can't shut up about our sexuality.

    Posted by: jtramon | Mar 14, 2014 11:13:49 AM

  12. if Irish Catholics can celebrate a Scottish Protesant Saint, they can do so alongside gays. after all, they're doing so alongside millions of non-catholic hetero birth-control using drunken fornicators anyway, right? :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 14, 2014 11:19:40 AM

  13. Hey JTRAMON - The Boston parade is not a Catholic even in any respect at all. It does not start with a mass, it is not organized by the church, it is not part of the church.

    Get your facts straight...or gay. Either way.

    Posted by: Jameson | Mar 14, 2014 11:23:26 AM

  14. "We’ve done so because of the rich history of the event and to support veterans who have done so much for this country." What does St. Patrick's day have to do with supporting veterans?

    Posted by: Jason Jehosephat | Mar 14, 2014 11:40:10 AM

  15. huh? patrick was catholic. and today he'd be considered welsh as he was from the west coast of southern britain before the angles came over from continental europe.

    Posted by: woody | Mar 14, 2014 11:40:58 AM

  16. What is this "Protestant saint" business? He was considered a saint in Ireland for a thousand years before there was a such a thing as Protestantism.

    Posted by: Jason Jehosephat | Mar 14, 2014 11:43:00 AM

  17. OK, I'll bite. How is Patrick, who lived in the 5th century (died ca 461, 1000+ years before the Reformation) and born a Romano-Brython actually a Protestant Scot? He was born in Roman Cumbria, not in Scotland. The celebration in Ireland of the Feast of Saint Patrick as well as his designation as the patron saint of Ireland began well before the Reformation. He had no Protestant connections. As for Scottish ones, some of his work in spreading Christianity certainly was in modern Scotland (principally in the Isles and west coast areas) in addition to his work throughout Ireland and even in Late Roman and Sub-Roman Britain (Brython).

    Posted by: Craig | Mar 14, 2014 11:50:47 AM

  18. Thank you all for the correction as to who St. Patrick was, and as a proud Irish-American, I applaud the makers of Sam Adams for their decision.

    As for the holiday itself, it was always described to me, by my sainted Irish mother Mary Margaret, as a celebration of Irish achievement in the US. We are the classic minority group - came here dirt poor, faced significant discrimination and nonetheless managed to scale the heights of America, to the point we've become a pivotal part of the society.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Mar 14, 2014 12:30:11 PM

  19. have the parade organizers already forgotten about the era of "no irish need apply"?

    Posted by: jed | Mar 14, 2014 12:33:44 PM

  20. Beer is on my grocery list for this weekend. I'll be sure to buy Samuel Adams.

    Posted by: bicurious | Mar 14, 2014 12:59:01 PM

  21. This discrimination actually is illegal. The city of Boston should ban the parade entirely. While any private club is free to discriminate, they are not free to use public streets. This is the reason that white-only krewes in New Orleans were forced to racially integrate their Mardi Gras parades. Some krewes, such as Momus and Comus, refused to allow blacks to join and quite parading (instead just having private balls). Most krewes, both white and black, acquiesced.

    Posted by: DB | Mar 14, 2014 2:02:05 PM

  22. @ JACK M :

    we love sex !
    But ireland has been very busy shaking off the domination of the Catholic Church in all walks of life, education, politics, personal mores, sexuality and so on.

    We have made enormous strides.
    Be assured Dublin is now one of the main gay cities in Europe.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Mar 14, 2014 2:16:31 PM

  23. It should be noted that a gay club in Boston were the ones who made this happened. They announced they wouldn't be selling Sam Adams anymore, and the beer maker made quite the quick turn around.

    Posted by: Pablo | Mar 14, 2014 3:33:32 PM

  24. I think they should allow Gays to have their own group in the parade. They should also allow polygamists, pedophiles, and a BDSM contingent.

    Posted by: Diddler | Mar 14, 2014 3:44:24 PM

  25. Diddler, I think you're a piece of crap bigot. Did you get lost on your way to FreeRepublic?

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 14, 2014 4:19:04 PM

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