Gay Veterans Get OK for Boston's St. Patrick's Day Parade

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    Dec 16, 2014 2:03 PM GMT
    "The organizers of Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade voted to allow a group representing gay veterans to march next year, a dramatic turnaround for an organization that has long resisted the inclusion of gays.

    The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which won a U.S. Supreme Court decision in 1995 upholding their right to ban gay groups from the annual parade that draws hundreds of thousands of spectators, voted 5-4 Monday to allow the group OutVets to march in the parade scheduled for March 15. They will be allowed to carry a blue banner with five white stars representing the branches of the military, and six vertical rainbow stripes."

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/gay-veterans-bostons-st-patricks-day-parade-27628958
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    Dec 18, 2014 1:28 AM GMT
    It's amazing that a modern city in the US had to be pushed legally to achieve this.
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    Dec 18, 2014 1:34 AM GMT
    woodfordr said
    It's amazing that a modern city in the US had to be pushed legally to achieve this.

    Agree it was an achievement. But not sure a legal one. Rather, it was the march organizers who had previously gotten a US Supreme Court ruling in 1995 that allowed them to discriminate against LGBT veterans. This decision reversing that position appears to be voluntary on the organizers' part.