OutVets don’t want to drop the rainbow flag

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 20: Mayor Martin Walsh of Boston waves during the annual South Boston St. Patrick's Parade passes on March 20, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. According to parade organizers, the South Boston St. Patrick's Parade is listed as the second longest parade in the country. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)

The LGBT veteran group which was warned not to use the rainbow symbols during the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston (from which they were reported to be banned at first, so that even the city mayor and the state governor refused to take part in the parade as a sign of solidarity with the LGBT community. But after that the parade organizers claimed that they had never actually banned OutVets from taking part in the parade, they were only warned not to carry the rainbow symbols as marching.) refused to fulfill this condition, because they consider it to be a betrayal of the principles they stand for. Ed Flynn, a member of the organizing group who voted for OutVets to be included in the parade, said the meeting would take place on Friday. According to some reports, the group had been banned for carrying a rainbow banner which apparently broke parade rules in 2015.OutVets had previously been excluded by the Allied War Veterans Council, but was allowed to march in 2015, after Mayor Walsh threatened to boycott the event. After the decision was reversed in 2014, the LGBT+ veterans group was allowed to march in 2015 and 2016.


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