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Gay Rights Group Invited To March In Holyoke


(HOLYOKE, Mass.) (WGGB)–A gay rights group that’s so far been banned from marching in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Parade may end up marching in Holyoke.

Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse has invited MassEquality to march in Holyoke,”It’s an opportunity for Holyoke, to send a message; it’s a great day for Holyoke with a lot of cultural significance here, in the city, the economic impact of the parade; it’s a day to celebrate; it’s not a day to discriminate,” says Morse.

Mayor Morse also says there may be a local gay rights group marching,”My office has already been in touch with the leader of the gay straight alliance at Holyoke High School to come and we already have money raised from community members to sponsor them like any other group,” says the mayor.

The mayors of Boston and New York say they will boycott their respective parades if gays are not allowed to march.

Those mayors have been invited to Holyoke,”It’s unfortunate what’s happening in New York city and in Boston; I’ve reached out to both mayors offices in New York city and Boston to personally invite the mayors to march in Holyoke,” says Morse.

A spokesperson for MassEquality says they’ve received the mayor’s invitation but have not made a decision on whether they’ll accept.

Ray Feyre, a spokesperson for the Holyoke St. Patrick’s Parade Committee says the organization has a non-discriminatory policy for marchers but so far they have not received any requests from Gay Rights groups to be part of this year’s parade.



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