The Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still Water, Mass., is refusing to march in Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because a group of gay military veterans will march this year.
Over the weekend, parade organizers said the gay rights group MassEquality had been “conditionally approved” if their 20 veterans would not hold signs or wear T-shirts that said the word “gay” or other words about sexual orientation.
"They're in, we're out because we do not want to appear to condone the homosexual lifestyle,” Brother Thomas Dalton, principal of the school, told WCVB (video below).
However, it was announced today that the gay military veterans may not be marching after all.
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“We were unable to find any evidence of LGBT Veterans for Equality that would confirm them as a recognized Veterans Organization,” organizers said in the statement posted on their website. “It is our belief that the application submitted to us by LGBT Veterans for Equality was a ploy by them to enter this parade under false pretenses and is hereby denied.”
At a meeting in the mayor’s office Sunday night, parade organizers said, it became clear that MassEquality did not have 20 veterans who wanted to march in the parade. Instead they presented one “supposed veteran” and a group of other marchers carrying rainbow flags, parade organizers said.