The organisers of Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade this month have reversed a controversial decision to ban gay veterans group OutVets from marching.
Despite the group marching in 2015 and 2016, organisers voted to ban them from this year’s parade on March 19 because the group’s logo, containing a pride rainbow, violated parade rules banning “portrayals of sexuality,” the Boston Globe reported.
But the Allied War Veterans Council subsequently faced an intense backlash with several local politicians and several sponsors pulling out of the parade in protest at the decision.
In an emergency meeting held on Friday night, the Council voted 11-0 to reinvite the OutVets to march.
In a statement on Facebook, the OutVets said: “We look forward to marching proudly on March 19 and honoring the service and sacrifice of those brave men and women who have sacrificed for our country.
“We are encouraged by the further actions of the Council to reform their policies and procedures regarding management of this historic parade. These changes will make the parade more inclusive and transparent for the entire community.
“We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ Veterans – who are one of the most unrepresented demographic in our Veterans community.”
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