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Boston’s St. Patty’s Day Parade Moving Towards Equality

Gay-MarriageBOSTON (AP) — A marriage equality group says Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade is easing its two-decade ban on gay organizations.

A MassEquality official said Saturday a group of gay military veterans can march under its banner in a tentative deal brokered by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. But marchers from the gay-rights group would not be allowed to wear clothing or hold signs that refer to sexual orientation.

Negotiators will work out final details in the coming week.

Walsh had threatened to boycott the city annual parade unless gay groups are allowed to march. He met parade organizers Saturday and hopes that a solution that works for all involved.

A message left for a parade organizer was not immediately returned.

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

 


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