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Gay marriage foe Bill Donohue allowed to march in NYC pride parade

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On the heels of gay organizations not being allowed to march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade with gay-rights signs, an anti-gay marriage foe will be allowed to march in New York City’s annual gay-pride parade. According to a report by the Associated Press on March 21, Catholic League President Bill Donohue plans to accept the invitation and participate in the parade.

As St. Patrick’s Day parades in both New York City and Boston drew national attention with the exclusion of gay organizations, gay-pride parade organizer David Studinski wants to send a different message that coincides with this year’s pride theme promoting togetherness.

“His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s pride theme, ‘We Have Won When we’re One,’” Studinski said in a statement. “Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate.”

By allowing Donohue to march with an anti-gay-marriage banner, this year’s parade sends a message that all view points are allowed as it is those different views that have strengthened the fight for gay rights and it is also those different views that lead to understanding and eventually acceptance.

Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, shares Studinksi’s sentiments and acknowledged that this wouldn’t be the first time Catholic organizations have marched in the parade and she welcomes Donohue to march alongside her at NYC Pride.

The New York gay-pride parade will be held on June 29.

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