Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Sits Out St. Patrick’s Day Parade over Gay Veteran Group
Why does everything have to turn into a gay debate? This is where you get into special rights instead of equal rights.
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Boston’s Mayor Marty Walsh has refused to participate in South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade because parade organizers will not permit an openly gay group of veterans to march under a separate banner that identifies them by their sexual orientation.
In a statement, Walsh said:
The 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.
However, as the Associated Press reports, lead parade organizer Philip Wuschke Jr. said gay people are not prohibited from marching. However, the parade, he said, should not be turned into a demonstration for a particular group.