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Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston - Wikipedia
March 17 is set aside for two celebrations in South Boston. As early as , some people in Boston observed the feast of the apostle to Ireland, and since the day has marked the evacuation of royal troops and Loyalists from the city, prompted by the guns captured at Ticonderoga and set up on Dorchester Heights under General Washington's command. Washington himself reportedly drew on the earlier tradition in choosing "St. Patrick" as the response to "Boston," the password used in the colonial lines on evacuation day. See J. Crimmins, St. Hatch ed.
Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston, Inc.
Hurley v. Supreme Court unanimously 9—0 upheld the right of parade organizers to exclude groups holding beliefs that they disapprove of; in this case, the excluded group consisted of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals. At the heart of the case was a Massachusetts law forbidding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a place of public accommodation. A coalition of gay and lesbian groups had successfully argued in state court at both the trial court and state supreme court levels that the law applied to the annual St.
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