Boston mayor wants gay groups in St. Pat’s parade

02/27/2014 — Leave a comment

Mayor Martin Walsh says allowing groups in parade ‘long overdue’
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BOSTON — Boston’s mayor says he will boycott the city’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade unless gay groups are allowed to participate.

Mayor Martin Walsh said Wednesday that he trying to broker a deal with organizers of the parade in Southie that draws an estimated one million spectators every year to allow a group of gay military veterans to march.

Walsh, the son of Irish immigrants, says that in 2014 allowing gay groups to participate is “long overdue.”

Parade organizers, however, appear unwilling to budge.

John “Wacko” Hurley said “it’s final” that gay groups will continue to be excluded, pointing to a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 that allowed organizers to exclude gay and lesbian groups.

Hurley says Walsh “is not in a position” to overturn the court’s decision.

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