(Massachusetts governor, Charlie Baker, is a Republican. A sane Republican)
South Boston veterans council, facing withering criticism, reversed course Friday and extended an unconditional invitation to the group of gay veterans it had barred from marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade.
The move clears the way for OUTVETS, a group of LGBT veterans, to march in the March 19 parade with its rainbow banner and logo, a point of contention that the Allied War Veterans Council had cited when it voted Tuesday to reject the organization.
Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker and Boston mayor Martin Walsh announced they would skip the city's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade after organizers blocked an LGBTQ veterans group called OutVets from marching. Liam Stack writes:
In a statement, the mayor encouraged the public to do the same. “I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form,” Mr. Walsh said. “I will not be marching in the parade unless this is resolved. Anyone who values what our city stands for should do the same.” Mr. Baker said it “doesn’t make any sense” to exclude the group. “If veterans’ groups aren’t allowed to march in that parade for whatever reason, then I’ll probably do something else,” he told reporters on Wednesday.