Negotiations have ended & the annual South Boston St Patrick’s Day Parade scheduled for this coming Sunday, March 16th will remain anti gay. Homophobic parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council continues to turn down all groups from the LGBT community invoking the Supreme Court ruling that allows them to decline registrations on the basis of the community represented by those who wish to march. Twenty years ago our LGBT community wanted to walk in the parade & were denied which resulted in a lawsuit that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court resulting in the Hurley Decision. Kara Coredini Executive Director of MassEquality said Wednesday the group had reached a dead end in its negotiations & won’t participate in Sunday’s parade.
Boston Mayor Martin Walsh said he won’t march if gay groups are excluded. A Walsh spokeswoman stated the mayor is disappointed that no deal was reached. What the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council had proposed was a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” parade concept for LGBT groups that would not permit any signs or references to anything gay if they marched. Beyond not allowing openly LGBT people, including LGBT veterans, the South Boston Parade continues to reject the participation of other veterans groups, like our allies at Veterans for Peace. So once again the alternative 2014 Peace Parade will follow on Sunday March 16th at 2P.
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