Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Banners banned from parade... not gay people

ONCE again, we have the usual furore relating to the supposed ban (as it is portrayed in some quarters) on gay persons participating in the New York St Patrick's Day parade.

It needs to be emphasised that there is absolutely no ban on anyone taking part in the parade because of their sexual orientation per se. The ban is on carrying banners, which is a different matter altogether. Besides, if the organisers of the New York parade were to concede to one group, how many other groups would demand similar rights?

HUGH GIBNEY

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