Organizers of New York City's St. Patrick’s Day parade announced in September 2014 that OUT@NBCUniversal, a LGBT group from NBC-TV, would be allowed to march in the 2015 parade.
According to ReligionNews.com, New York's Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who is serving as the grand marshal in the parade on March 17, approved the decision.
But Bill Donohue announced in 2014 on CatholicLeague.org that his organization would boycott the parade:
"My reasons for withdrawing from the parade have nothing to do with Cardinal Dolan or with gays. It has to do with being betrayed by the parade committee. They not only told me one thing, and did another, they decided to include a gay group that is neither Catholic nor Irish while stiffing pro-life Catholics. This is as stunning as it is indefensible."
Donohue appeared on Newsmax's Internet broadcast on March 16 and complained, "My own people, Irish Catholics, did me in and I'm walking away from it," reported RightWingWatch.org (video below).
"Quite frankly, gays have their own parade, why does anybody who happens to be gay or straight have to have their own banner to march in anybody's pro-Israel, pro-Irish Catholic parade? Just blend in like everybody else, I thought that your sexual orientation doesn't matter, so just blend in.
"No, no. It's regrettable what's happened. I'm very happy about the stand I took and I've been praised from a lot of people for at least somebody's going to draw a line in the sand. You're not going to double cross Bill Donohue."