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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Why I (HEART) Boston (and Massachusetts)!

(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.


Infidel753 said...

Even better news is that the original disinvitation resulted in "withering criticism".

I read about this a couple of days ago and was surprised that it was happening in Boston. Glad to come here this morning and see that it had turned out well in the end.

Rational Nation USA said...

Governor Baker is the kind of leader this nation needs. BADLY.

OT... Was having an on e-mail discussion about the current state of the USA. Perhaps The United States of New England and the United States of The Pacific Shoreline would make a bunch of sense. Just wonder what all the red states "sucking on the federal teat" would do then. With the blue state tax dollars cur off.

I find myself laughing at the thought.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Infidel753 and RN, Massachusetts shows that Republicans and Democrats can work together.

Boston's Democratic Mayor Walsh and Mass. Republican Governor Baker don't agree on everything, but they DO respect each other, and that's why Massachusetts and its citizens have been thriving. We still have problems but at least our leaders aren't nuts.