Gay Rights Group Out Of Boston St. Patrick's Parade

A gay advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow a group of gay veterans to march.

The executive director of MassEquality said Wednesday the group had reached a dead end in its negotiations and won't participate in Sunday's parade.

Parade organizers, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, said a week ago that it had been "deceived" by MassEquality and had ended negotiations.

No deal was reached despite the intervention of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch.

Walsh says he won't march if gay groups are excluded. A Walsh spokeswoman tells The Boston Globe the mayor is disappointed no deal was reached.



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