A Massachusetts group lobbying for Marriage Equality and same-sex rights is attempting to get the organizers of the 2014 Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade to allow a group of homosexual military veterans to march in the parade. MassEquality stated that they are brokering a deal that may allow this group of gay military veterans to carry the MassEquality banner, as long as there are no other signs, clothing, or references to sexual orientation.
Boston May Allow Gay Groups In 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade
While it has been roughly 20 years since gay groups have been allowed to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, that may be coming to an end. As the organizers begin to lean towards a more tolerant approach, they may begin to open up registration for same-sex rights groups. This may just be the beginning of allowing gays to participate openly in the parade in the future. That is at least the hope. By allowing the one military veteran’s group to march this year, there will be hope that other groups may be allowed to march next year.
The Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is by no means a celebration of gay pride, as that is reserved for it’s own special parade and celebration, but there no longer seems to be a public relations benefit to purposefully excluding groups of gay people from actively participating in the parade festivities. The popular consensus throughout the country has turned toward more openly accepting gays and their way of life as a normal part of existence. Not all states or cities have become open to the lifestyle, but tides have already begun to change as major electoral battles have been won all over the country for equality and recognition.
The South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on March 16th this year. Featured image from Smugmug site.
Boston May Allow Gay Groups In 2014 St. Patrick’s Day Parade.