March 09, 2017
In Boston, the only thing on parade for St. Patrick's Day has been the far-Left agenda. After decades of keeping the celebration statement-free, liberal groups finally forced organizers to drop their ban on groups with a political agenda in 2015. What used to be a sea of green turned into a mass of rainbows -- forcing Catholic groups like the Knights of Columbus to pull out of their own parade.
No more, said organizers. After violating the agreement not to march under their own banners, the LGBT group OutVets was ousted from this year's festivities. Not only did the organization turn in their application late, but in 2016, they openly violated the code of conduct. The council for the parade was clear: "[We] will not allow the advertisement or display of one's sexual orientation as a topic that should in any way be depicted as a theme of our parade." That didn't sit well with OutVets founder Bryan Bishop, who fired back, "I will not alter our logo. If they want me to change the identity of this organization... absolutely not." Those are the rules, the council replied, and voted 9-4 to drop the group from this year's parade.
But the Left won't go quietly! The decision ignited a firestorm from liberal activists. Within hours, the Chief Marshal dropped out of the event, along with one of the parade's sponsors. "I will not tolerate discrimination in our city of any form," Mayor Martin Walsh said in a statement. "I will not be marching in the parade unless this is resolved. Anyone who values what our city stands for should do the same." Governor Charlie Baker also piled on, insisting that it "didn't make any sense" to bar the group. He, like so many of the Left's flame-throwers, seems perfectly happy to ignore the fact that not only did OutVets miss the deadline (and expect special treatment), but the group refused to abide by the parade's rules! Boston's organizers have no objections to including LGBT groups, but they -- like everyone else – are expected to honor the code of conduct.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.