St. Patrick’s parade planners to reconsider gay veterans ban

FILE PHOTO - In this March 15, 2015 file photo, U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., center without hat, marches with members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, during the St. Patrick's Day parade in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. An attorney representing parade organizers the parade said Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, that he filed an amended complaint to an earlier civil lawsuit accusing Boston Mayor Marty Walsh of strong-arming organizers in 2014 into inviting an LGBT veterans group to march in the parade. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

BOSTON (AP) – The organizers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade have scheduled an emergency meeting to reconsider their vote to bar a gay veterans group from participating.

The vote Tuesday to bar OutVets drew immediate condemnation from high-profile politicians.

Ed Flynn, a member of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the parade scheduled for March 19, says the emergency meeting will take place Friday. Flynn voted to allow Outvets in.

Members of the council and OutVets met Wednesday but could not resolve the impasse.

OutVets was first allowed to participate in the parade in 2015. OutVets founder Bryan Bishop says he was told the group was barred this year because they broke parade rules by carrying a rainbow banner, which the council considers a symbol of gay sexuality.

 

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