Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade “Straightens Up”


C. J. Doyle, March 8, 2017
Catholic Action League

Last night, by a vote of 11 to 4, the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—refused to permit the homosexual group OUTVETS to march in the 2017 parade, which will be held on Sunday, March 19th.

On February 15th, the Irish Echo newspaper reported that the two homosexual activist groups which marched in the 2015 and 2016 parades, Boston Pride and OUTVETS, had failed to apply for this year’s parade. Boston Pride issued a statement over the weekend citing “other priorities.” OUTVETS, an organization which had no corporate existence prior to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s decision to reopen the parade controversy in 2014, issued a statement today asserting that they “assumed” the veterans council vote was because of their LGBT status.

As of this afternoon, it remains unclear whether the vote by the veterans council represented a reaffirmation of their longstanding position to prevent groups who identified themselves by their sexual behavior from marching, or was simply a refusal based on process issues pertaining to filing deadlines for this year’s parade and rules violations relating to emblems in last year’s parade.

Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “Whatever the reason, a parade named in honor of a Catholic saint should never be used as a venue for those who despise and reject Catholic morality, and castigate such morality as bigotry, prejudice and homophobia. The venerable name of Saint Patrick should not be exploited and trivialized by those who have contempt for the Catholic Faith, and have no interest in the ancient Catholic culture and heritage of Ireland.”

“Mayor Walsh’s posturing about not allowing discrimination is gainsaid by a 9 to 0 United States Supreme Court decision, which upheld the right of parade organizers to control the message and content of their own parade, which the court found to be a constitutionally protected expression of free speech. Walsh’s vision of inclusion does not, evidently, apply to Catholics who believe in traditional morality.”

“The conduct of the Walsh administration in the parade controversy, which, reportedly, included threats to parade organizers to withhold city permits if the mayor’s political allies in the homosexual community were not allowed to march, bears a striking resemblance to a current prosecution by the U. S. Attorney’s Office of two indicted mayoral aides, who allegedly threatened to withhold city permits for a Boston music festival if organizers refused to hire the mayor’s allies in organized labor.”

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    Boston gay vets group says booted from St. Patrick’s Day parade

    A gay veterans’ group that marched in the past two editions of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade said the event’s organizers have voted to exclude them from the march, reigniting a fight over cultural inclusion in the annual event.

    Organizers of the parade, the largest marking St. Patrick’s Day in the country, had long excluded openly gay groups from participating, saying that doing so would conflict with the parade organizers’ Roman Catholic heritage. But they backed down in 2015 in the face of intense public pressure.

    OUTVETS, which has marched in Boston’s parade for the past two years, said it had not been told why its permit had been denied this year.

    “We just received word from them South Boston Allied War Veterans that OUTVETS has been denied entry into the 2017 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” the group said in a post on Facebook late on Tuesday.

    “While the reason for our denial is unclear, one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ,” using a common acronym for gay, lesbian and transgender people.

    Officials with the South Boston Allied War Council, which organizes the 116-year-old event, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.

    Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who boycotted the event during the time that gays were excluded, said he would not march if the group was not included and some sponsors pulled out in protest over the exclusion of gay marchers.

    “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.”

    The event typically draws tens of thousands of revelers along the parade’s 1.6 mile (2.6 km) route through the city, home to one of the United States’ largest Irish-American communities. St Patrick’s Day, celebrating Ireland’s patron saint, is on March 17.

    (Reporting by Scott Malone in New York; Editing by Frances Kerry and David Gregorio)

  2. Good news.
    But we must not count out how slimy Marty Walsh and his fellow liberal comrades are.
    Especially in the people’s republic of Massachusetts.
    He and the homos have a lot of low people in high places that could fight this and make life miserable for the Allied War Veterans Council if the homos, and their liberal allies want them to.

    • St. Patrick’s Day Parade organizers [pressured] to reconsider banning gay group

      Gov. Baker, Mayor Walsh won’t go if ban on gay vets remains

      Chris Villani, Matt Stout
      Boston Herald
      Wednesday, March 08, 2017

      The organizer of the annual South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade today opened the door to allowing a gay veterans group to ultimately march in the event despite a vote last night to bar it — with that new vote set for Friday.

      Tim Duross, emerging from a meeting with the head of OutVets, said the group’s rejection is not “official” despite last night’s 9-4 vote, and that he planned to reopen discussions with members of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

      “I would like to see everyone in the parade,” Duross told the Herald by phone. Duross defended the vote, saying it wasn’t based on “discrimination” but concerns that OutVets had violated parade rules, which he said bars “portrayal of sexuality.” The issue, he said, centers on the inclusion of a rainbow flag in the OutVets’ logo.

      “I’m going to go back to the council and see if we can resolve something,” he said. “I need to be sure that everyone is on the same page. If everyone abides by our rules and they’re not outlandish, I think we can all have a great parade.”

      Veterans council member and City Council candidate Edward Flynn said the re-vote will take place Friday, saying in a statement “it was decided that there will be an emergency meeting of the council on Friday to take a new vote to permit OutVets to march. As a 25-year United States Navy veteran, I supported OutVets in 2014 and did so again this week. I remain hopeful that my colleagues on the Council will correct this situation and join me in voting for inclusion.”

      But Bryan Bishop, director of OutVets, said he was told his group could march — if it removes the flag from the logo, something he is vehemently against. Bishop said parade organizers are planning an emergency meeting for later this week to discuss the situation.

      “It’s not happening — It’s like taking the stars off the American flag,” Bishop said of changing the logo, adding the group ultimately won’t march if its invite comes with such conditions. “The only way this is going to fly is a 100 percent open opportunity for us to march with no conditions — unconditional acceptance into the parade. Anything less than that, it’s a no go.”

      Earlier today both Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh said they will skip the annual parade in South Boston if OutVets didn’t march — and U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch said he will try to “resolve” the issue.

      “I am going to try to resolve this. I think I will be able to. There is no reason for this,” Lynch, who represents South Boston, told Adriana Cohen and John Sapochetti on Herald Radio this afternoon. “These young men and women served this country and they have a right to march like any other veteran. It’s disheartening to see an attempt to treat them differently.

      “If I can’t resolve it,” the congressman added. “I regret I cannot accept the invitation to march, but that’s the way it’s got to be.”

      Bryan Bishop, the director of OutVets, said he hasn’t been given a concrete reason why the application was denied, other than a claim that the group missed a mid-February deadline to apply. But Bishop said there was no deadline listed on the application, nor was he aware of one for past years.

      OutVets said on their Facebook page that the reason for the denial is unclear, but “one can only assume it’s because we are LGBTQ.”

      The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, the parade’s organizer, voted 9-4 last night to keep the group out of the March 19 parade.

      Daniel Magoon, the executive director of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, had been slated to serve as the parade’s chief marshal, but said he will not after the decision to exclude OutVets.

      “I have worked hard over the years to support returning veterans and their families,” Magooon said in a statement. “We have fought battles across this city, state, and country in regards to veterans rights, benefits, employment, mental health, discriminatory practices and may other significant areas important to our veterans. To be a part (of) a parade exluding OutVets does not coincide with the work I do advocating for all veterans.”

      The vote swiftly spurred an outcry by lawmakers.

      In a statement, Walsh said: “I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form. 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.”

      However, Walsh said there is nothing the city can do to force the inclusion of OutVets and said he would not “go down the route” of pulling the permit for the parade, but held fast on his promise to boycott.

      “I would suggest other people in the parade don’t march in the parade,” Walsh said.

      Asked whether he would skip the parade due to the exclusion of OutVets, Baker told reporters, “my view on this one is pretty simple, which is it’s a veteran’s parade. Veterans groups should be allowed to march in the parade… If veteran’s groups aren’t allowed to march in that parade for whatever reason, then I’ll probably do something else.”

      “That word, ‘veteran’ to me, it approaches holy,” the governor said. “The idea that we would restrict the opportunity for men and women who put on that uniform, knowing full well they could put themselves in harm’s way, and deny them an opportunity to march in a parade that’s about celebrating veterans doesn’t make any sense to me.”

      U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton, a Marine Corps veteran, called for a complete boycott of the parade.

      “It is outrageous and disgraceful that a group by the name of Allied War Veterans would decide to ban OUTVETS from marching in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade,” the Salem Democrat said in a statement. “Let’s just be clear, these are men and women who courageously put their lives on the line for our country. They deserve our respect just as much as anyone, and if this decision is not reversed immediately, I would encourage anybody who supports freedom, equality, and the service of our veterans no matter who they are, to boycott this parade.”

      The parade has been the subject of controversy for decades.

      In 1995, organizers won a Supreme Court ruling that let the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council exclude gay groups on First Amendment grounds. The groups were banned until 2015, when, with Walsh’s backing, OutVets was first allowed to join the route.

      “This argument is so old that I can’t even believe we are having this conversation right now about the parade, this is uncalled for,” Walsh told reporters this afternoon.

      “The issue is they don’t want us there,” said Bishop, who called the parade council an “organization that has outlived its usefulness.”

      “If we want to have a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, it should be downtown, the city should run it and it should be a fully open and inclusive event,” Bishop said. “Basically this is unacceptable.”

      Referencing the 9-4 council vote, the mayor said, “I am not even blaming the veterans, it’s nine people who voted discriminatorily in not allowing OutVets to march. They’ve marched the last 2 years, it’s been a great parade, it’s been a very peaceful parade. Unfortunately these are nine individuals who are putting themselves before anybody and I am hoping the veterans’ organization can overturn this and do the right thing.”

      • I guess there’s going to be another vote Friday night.
        I think we all know how that is going to play out.
        It’s too bad that liberals (as they do with everything) have destroyed this iconic Boston parade.
        If Catholics in MA or in NH want to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick attending Mass at the St. Benedict Center is a great choice

  3. As a 34 yr veteran of both military and civilian service and a teenager who marched in the parade in the 50’s, and much more importantly as a Catholic taught that such displays of homo-erotic, sinful lifestyles were scandals to the Faith and mortal sins, I would refuse to march today because not only would it be scandalous but an insult to St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland, land of my ancestors. To Walsh and the other pseudo-catholics running the show today in the city of Boston I say: “Double and triple shame on you!”


    Joe Doyle, Thursday, March 9

    The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts today is commending the Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston—the organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—for defending the Catholic character of Saint Patrick’s Day.

    In a statement released this afternoon, the Veterans Council said: “Since its founding in 1901, the Parade has been a celebration of country, community, and the Catholic Faith. The question at hand is not one of inclusion or discrimination. The Council is accepting of all peoples and organizations, but will not permit messages that conflict with the overall theme of the Parade.” [Looking good! -Cyprian]

    The statement was issued in response to the firestorm of controversy which followed the Council’s decision to prevent the homosexual group OUTVETS from marching in the 2017 parade.

    The Catechism of the Catholic Church, promulgated by Pope Saint John Paul II in 1992, states: “Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved.”

    The Catholic Action League called the Veterans Council statement “an act of courage, integrity and fidelity, not only to their religion, but to the legacy of John J. “Wacko” Hurley, the longtime Council Commander who fought for twenty-three years to preserve the traditional celebration of Saint Patrick’s Day in Boston.”

    Hurley, represented by Attorney Chester Darling, won a 9 to 0 victory before the United States Supreme Court in Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Group of Boston, upholding the right of parade organizers to control the content and message of the parade.

    Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “The overt message of OUTVETS, affirming homosexuality as a source of pride, is radically discordant, indeed, irreconcilable, with a celebration honoring the Catholic Faith and a Catholic saint. Saint Patrick was not a proponent of homosexual rights. Those who preach tolerance and respect for diversity ought to learn to tolerate and respect the religious convictions, moral sensibilities and constitutional rights of Christians who believe in traditional morality.”

    The Catholic Action League, and its predecessor organization, have supported the legal position of the Allied War Veterans Council since 1992.


    Amid an unreasoning political correctness, Attorney Chester Darling is a voice of sanity (Sexual politics, coercion have no place in this annual tradition, March 9, 2017 [see comment below]).

    The politicians and columnists who demand that the homosexual group OUTVETS participate in Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day parade have yet to explain, rationally, why those who castigate Catholic morality as bigotry should be allowed to march in a parade in honor of a Catholic saint.

    Darling, who is a Methodist, reminds us that Saint Patrick is the Patron Saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, something which the Catholic priests and prelates of Boston, in the context of this controversy, at least, have been silent about for the last twenty-five years. [The Boston archdiocesan newspaper, The Pilot, makes no mention of the latest development in this matter. – AQ moderator Tom]

    C. J. Doyle
    Executive Director
    Catholic Action League of Massachusetts

    • Sexual politics, coercion have no place in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

      Chester Darling
      Thursday, March 09, 2017

      In 1995, I argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in an appeal from a decision of the state Supreme Judicial Court agreeing with a trial judge that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was the equivalent of a place of public accommodation, and due to its lack of expressive focus and exclusion of a gay activist group, was required to include the group in their annually permitted parade.

      The Supreme Court’s unanimous judgment reversed the SJC decision, 9–0, and mandated that disapproval of a private speaker’s message did not legitimize the use of the power of government to force the speaker to alter his message to include messages approved by others.

      The Veterans’ Council has a policy that does not permit sexual themes in their parades.

      In 2014, Mayor Marty Walsh met with Wacko Hurley, his organizer of the parade, and the gay group. He instructed Hurley that he would have to change his parade so that he could march, due to his promises to the gay community.

      The answer was no.

      Mayor Walsh then called the primary organizer, Phil Wuschke, into his office for additional meetings, during which he argued for the inclusion of a gay activist group. During one visit he intimated that he could pull the parade permit if the gay activists were not allowed to march in the parade.

      The mayor orchestrated more meetings, and during a banquet in the lobby of the Boston Convention Center, he confronted Wuschke and threatened him in an effort to change his mind and permit the gay groups to march. The intimidation, coercion and threats did not work with this tough marine.

      In 2015 and 2016 invitations and votes were manipulated to include gay groups in the parade.

      Now by not marching in the parade, the mayor has gained some more votes, and may cause sycophants and panderers to withhold support for the parade. What is not understood is the tried and true nature of the parade.

      It celebrates the feast day of the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Boston, the evacuation of the British from Boston and its tribute to the military.

      Clearly the Veterans’ Council does not agree that a group parading its sexuality contributes to the messages contained in their annual traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

  6. In terms of letting it all hang out in flamboyant, groovy progressive modernism, why can’t female strippers march in St. Patrick’s Day Parades? Obviously, there is some kind of argument and principle involved.

  7. They caved. I had false hope.

    Fag Vets Invited, Will Cavort in Boston St. Patrick’s Parade

    Organizers of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade reversed course Friday and said they would allow a group of gay veterans to march in this year’s parade.

    The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council announced on the parade’s Twitter account that it had signed an acceptance letter that would clear the way for OutVets to participate.

    A lawyer for OutVets said late Friday that the group looked forward to “marching proudly” and representing LGBTQ veterans.


    THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017


    Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts have received multiple reports from within the Allied War Veterans Council—organizers of Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade—that the homosexual group OUTVETS was admitted to the 2017 parade only after numerous threats of violent protests disrupting the parade, potentially causing injuries and worse, were directed at Council members on social media.

    Reports were also received that the Boston Police found these threats to be credible, and told Council members that they could not guarantee that they could contain the potential violence or maintain a secure perimeter around the parade route. According to sources, the Boston Police also told parade organizers that if they went forward with the parade without OUTVETS, the Council would be responsible for the ensuing violence. The police also suggested that the parade might have to be cancelled for public safety reasons.

    If these reports are accurate, this is the second time in three years that the City of Boston has threatened to cancel the parade, as it was revealed in recent court filings that Mayor Marty Walsh threatened to withdraw the parade permit if homosexual groups were not allowed to march in 2014.

    Mass Resistance and the Catholic Action League are characterizing these reports as “an appalling example of the unscrupulous methods and extreme measures which the Walsh Administration is willing to resort to in fulfilling its campaign pledges to the homosexual groups who supported the election of Marty Walsh as mayor.”

    Mass Resistance President Brian Camenker stated: “If groups critical of homosexuality threatened violence towards a gay pride parade, they would be investigated by the FBI for everything from federal hate crimes to domestic terrorism. I have, personally, spoken to three current and former officials of the Allied War Veterans Council who have corroborated these allegations. The U. S. Attorney’s office needs to investigate these reports to determine if the civil and constitutional rights of parade organizers were violated.”

    Catholic Action League Executive Director C. J. Doyle made the following comment: “This is sheer thuggery by the Walsh Administration. A nine to zero United States Supreme Court decision has been, effectively, nullified by a city government engaging in unlawful threats, bullying, intimidation, ruthless pressure tactics, and the use of law enforcement to coerce citizens into forfeiting their constitutional rights. One of the most disturbing aspects of this controversy is that the leadership of the Boston Police now seem invested in implementing the political agenda of the Walsh Administration. Does the rule of law still apply? Boston used to be called ‘The Cradle of Liberty.’ Now, it resembles a banana republic, with a Peronist mayor.”

    Interfering with the exercise of constitutional rights is a crime in Massachusetts (MGL Chapter 265, Section 37), and since 1991, has been a hate crime (Chapter 434 of the Acts of 1991).

  9. Would the “gay pride” parades allow non-homosexual groups to march in their parades?
    We (as a school) used to march in Buffalo’s St. Patrick’s Day parades way back when, but now these things have lost focus. I think it’s time to cancel the parade. Now it seems it’s just an historical relic rather like when The Ten Commandments are allowed to remain due their historical value not because they’re the truth. Period.

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