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Guinness pulls out of NY's St. Patrick's parade over ban on gays

New York Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor-elect Martin Walsh speak to the press outside the West Wing of the White House in WashingtonBy Elizabeth Barber BOSTON (Reuters) – Irish brewer Guinness said on Sunday that it would not participate in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day parade this year because gay and lesbian groups had been excluded, costing organizers a key sponsor of the annual event. The move came on the same day that Boston’s Irish-American mayor skipped that city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade after failing to hammer out a deal with organizers to allow a group of gay and lesbian activists to march openly. “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. “As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation.

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