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Boston Mayor Wants Gay Groups in Parade

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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 says he’s trying to broker a deal with parade organizers to allow a group of gay military veterans to march. The son of Irish immigrants said Wednesday that allowing gay groups to participate is “long overdue.”

Parade organizers, however, appear unwilling to budge.

John Hurley said, “It’s final” that gay groups will continue to be excluded, pointing to a unanimous 1995 U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing organizations to exclude gay and lesbian groups.

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

The parade draws an estimated one million spectators every year to South Boston.

[Associated Press]

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