Tell us what you think: St. Patrick’s Day parade controversy

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(WWLP) The mayors of both Boston and New York City are saying that they aren’t planning on marching in their cities’ St. Patrick’s Day parades, due to their policies regarding gay rights groups.

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh says that he wants parade organizers to let a group of gay veterans march in the South Boston parade. But until that happens, he will not participate in the annual march.

In New York, meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio is also refusing to march in his city’s annual parade, the nation’s largest. While the New York parade allows gay groups to march, they are not allowed to do so while carrying banners that identify themselves as gay.

In both cases, parade organizers have cited a 1995 court ruling allowing them to exclude whichever groups that they choose.

Poll Question Results:
Do you agree with the decisions of the mayors of Boston and New York to boycott their cities’ St. Patrick’s Day parades?
Yes – 58%
No – 42%

We want to know what you think: do you support the decisions of the Boston and New York mayors to avoid the parades? Vote in our poll and leave comments below.

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