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New York City turns on the St. Patrick's Day Parade

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Happy Saint Paddy's Day, everyone! Hope you have a good one.

    This post is about the New York city St. Patrick's day parade. Did you know that the mayor (Bill de Blasio), various other high ranking city officials and several sponsors, including Guinness (beer), have decided not to participate or even show up this year? They are all boycotting the privately funded and ran parade because of its lack of "inclusionary policy" toward gay people. The parade has not allowed gay banners or signs to be displayed during the parade for the last several years. Finally, this is becoming too much of an issue for the city and those involved to simply ignore. They are boycotting until the parade changes its policy.

    In all fairness, the parade doesn't ban gay people, just gay signs and banners. They reason they do this to not turn the parade into something its not; they say it should be only about celebrating St. Paddy's day, not making a statement either way on a civil rights issue.

    Where do you fall on this issue? Do you think the parade organization is within its reason and rights to do this, backed by constitutional freedom of speech and assembly? Or does the city need to impose its will until this exclusionary policy gets changed for good?
  • Center Left
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    Central, FL
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    It's nice to see big beer companies pull their support. Sam Adams and Heineken have also pulled support from St. Patties day parades. It's nice to see corporations taking a stand.
    What I think is stupid and should be stopped is the cities who dye a river green. Nobody needs that.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    I'm confused as to why there would even be a gay banner at a St. Patrick's day parade anyway. Let alone, there be enough of a problem group to ban them. I feel like there was a problem created out of this, rather than rooting from tradition of these banners always being part of the parade or surrounding events.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    A parade on a public street should be open to anyone who wants to (peacefully) be in it. If public funds and roads are involved (no matter what the Supremes may say) the public has every right in the world to participate.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    pr Wrote: A parade on a public street should be open to anyone who wants to (peacefully) be in it. If public funds and roads are involved (no matter what the Supremes may say) the public has every right in the world to participate.
    Yeah. That's where it gets sticky. Anyone and everyone can come and participate. People just aren't allowed to 'propagandize' gay pride banners or signs. Do you think they should be able to, being that the parade is privately run and operated?
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    Private parades shouldn't be allowed on public property unless they include all of the public that wishes to participate. If you want a private parade do it on private property.