Making history: St. Patrick’s parade welcomes 2 gay groups

BOSTON (AP) — The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston will make history this Sunday as two gay and lesbian groups join the fun.

The advocacy group Boston Pride and OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, have been welcomed by the organizers.

Until now, gay rights have barred by the Allied War Veterans Council from marching in the parade, which draws as many as a million spectators to South Boston each year. Twenty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld their right to keep gays out.

Brian Mahoney commands the council now, and he’s shrugging off questions about sexual orientation.

Just like Pope Francis, he says, “Who am I to judge?”

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