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

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.

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 IrishTimes. "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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