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Gay Veterans To March In Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade - VIDEO

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Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will next year include representatives of gay veterans group OutVets, reports ABC News.

The parade’s organizers the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which in 1995 won a Supreme Court decision upholding their right to ban gay groups from the parade, yesterday voted 5-4 to allow OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15th. The group has also been given permission to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military, and six vertical rainbow stripes.

6a00d8341c730253ef01a3fcce3e89970b-800wiBryan Bishop, OutVets founder and U.S. Air Force veteran, said:

"I think it's very significant. Ensuring that there is 100 percent inclusivity is important."

Council commander Brian Mahoney added that OutVets is being allowed to march because of their military service, not sexual orientation:

"This conforms to the tenets of the parade. The parade is devoted to honoring the service of veterans. It's is our aim to honor that service and the history of the Irish Catholics in Boston. Anything that detracts from that is verboten."

This year, LGBT group MassEquality was invited to take part in the parade but the invitation was later rescinded. Boston mayor Marty Walsh refused to take part last March because of the exclusion of LGBT people. Sam Adams beer also pulled out as sponsor of the parade.

In a similar move, Guinness dropped sponsorship of New York’s controversial St Patrick’s Day parade this year.

Watch Mahoney discuss his reasons for pulling out of the parade, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Won't March in St. Patrick's Day Parade Over Gay Exclusion

Mayor Marty Walsh announced this morning that he will not participate in the South Boston St. Patrick's Day parade over its exclusion of gay groups:

2_walshThe St. Patrick's Day parade was born out of the celebration of Evacuation Day, a day set aside to recognize and honor our military and those brave Americans who have banded together for the sake of freedom. And so much of our Irish history has been shaped by the fight against oppression.

I'm disappointed that this year, I will be unable to participate in the parade. 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.

I look forward to participating in this morning's breakfast with my friend Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, and I plan to spend the afternoon with my family. On behalf of my entire staff, we wish the entire city a happy Saint Patrick's Day.

As we reported earlier, Sam Adams beer has also pulled its sponsorship of the parade.


Gay Group Invited to South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade, But Can't Identify as Gay: VIDEO

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In a deal brokered by Mayor Martin Walsh, organizers of South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade have invited MassEquality, an LGBT rights group, to march in this year's parade , with one condition, the Boston Globe reports:

MassequalityThe group, MassEquality, could not wear T-shirts or hold signs that include the word gay or refer to sexual orientation.

The paper adds:

In an interview Friday night, Walsh hailed the MassEquality invitation as a major breakthrough in a city that has become increasingly diverse in recent decades. He minimized the significance of the rule barring references to sexual orientation and said he would meet next week with parade organizers and MassEquality to work out details about signs and T-shirts.

“This is probably the biggest step in 20 years,” Walsh said. “I’m really encouraged. We’re going to talk about how we can make this happen, how we can make this a reality.”

The parade is scheduled for March 16. The groups are hopeful they can come to an agreement on signage and T-shirts.

Watch Walsh give an interview on Thursday about his refusal to march in the parade unless gay groups are included, AFTER THE JUMP...

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