St. Patrick's Day parade chairman compares gays to neo-Nazis

Chairman compares hatemongering of gays toward the Irish to that of neo-Nazis toward Israelis.

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March 18 2006 1:00 AM ET

To John Dunleavy,
chairman of the “no gays allowed” St.
Patrick's Day parade in New York City, Irish LGBT
activists are comparable to neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux
Klan. That's what Dunleavy told The Irish Times in a
story about the increasingly controversial parade
winding along Fifth Avenue on Friday. For 15 years,
the parade committee has refused to allow gay Irish groups
to march as an identifiable group.

“If an
Israeli group wants to march in New York, do you allow
neo-Nazis into their parade?” Dunleavy told
The Irish
Times. “If African-Americans are marching in
Harlem, do they have to let the Ku Klux Klan into their
parade?”

Lesbian city
council leader Christine Quinn announced Friday that she was
boycotting the parade after failing to broker a compromise
between LGBT advocates and parade officials that would
have allowed gays to march. (The Advocate)

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