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Nation IN BRIEF : MASSACHUSETTS : Veterans Can Bar Gays From Parade

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A federal judge in Boston ruled that a veterans group can bar homosexuals from its St. Patrick’s Day parade this year because the event is billed as an anti-gay protest. U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf said calling the parade a protest against previous court orders that allowed homosexuals to march gives the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council the right under the First Amendment to exclude gays. Gays marched in 1993 under a state judge’s order. Another state judge cleared the way for them to take part in 1994, but the parade was canceled.


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