BOSTON MAYOR WON’T MARCH IN ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE UNLESS LGBTQ VETERANS ARE ALLOWED ALSO

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said Wednesday he won’t march in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade unless organizers reverse a decision to exclude a gay veterans group.

“I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form,” Walsh said in a statement. “We are one Boston, which means we are a fully inclusive city. I will not be marching in the parade unless this is resolved. Anyone who values what our city stands for should do the same.”

Governor Charlie Baker told reporters at a press conference he also would likely not participate in the parade if the gay veterans group isn’t allowed to march, MassLive reports.

“It’s a veterans parade,” he said. “Veterans’ groups should be allowed to march in the parade. If veterans’ groups aren’t allowed to march in that parade, I will probably do something else. I won’t march.”

The veterans’ group, OUTVETS, said in a Facebook post Tuesday they were denied a spot in the South Boston parade on March 19. The group has marched in the parade for the last two years.

“While the reason for our denial is unclear, one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ,” OUTVETS said.

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