No Gays? No Way! Ireland's President Turns Down NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade

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Irish President Mary McAleese has turned down an offer to be the grand marshal of NYC's 250th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade over the event's long-running ban on LGBT participation.

Efforts at a compromise where President McAleese could attend the gay-organized, all-inclusive St. Patrick’s parade in Queens on the weekend before March 17, and then march in the actual Fifth Avenue parade the Thursday following, also failed because the president could not remain in New York for such a long period of time. Marching in the Queens parade as well as the Fifth Avenue one also has been the way most major U.S. politicians, such as New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have handled the issue in recent years. McAleese’s refusal to accept the grand marshal invite will come as major blow to parade officials who were intent on making the day an historic showcase. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is now being considered a likely replacement. Despite a reputation as a conservative Catholic when she took office, McAleese has become a firm advocate for marginalized groups in Irish societies including gay groups.
Source: Joe My God (Wednesday 22/09/10 - No Gays? No Way! Ireland's President Turns Down NYC's St. Patrick's Day Parade



My Comments:


1) Well done madame president, you have made us proud!

2) Its a shame they will probably pick yet another right wing consecrative bishop to replace her!!!
 


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No mention of Saudi Arabia of course and its treatment of people,oh no she'll go for the cheap shot though.She's a joke.
 

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No mention of Saudi Arabia of course and its treatment of people,oh no she'll go for the cheap shot though.She's a joke.
Do you think the President has the ability to pick and choose which nations she refuses to engage with? Isn't the conduct of the state's foreign affairs largely reserved under the Constitution for the executive?

On the other hand, there's no such reserved role when it comes to attendance at private parades. And she's rightly shown she won't endorse a homophobic parade, especially when it claims to be an expression of Irish identity.

This move will put tremendous pressure on the organisers of the NYC St Patrick's Day Parade.
 

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What a crock...the queers are still moaning about St.Pat's parade participation? Don't they have their own marches, theatre, music festivals etc. that they use to segregate themselves from the rest of society and then winge when they're excluded from a family-orientated celebration? There's no pleasing some people :roll:
 

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No mention of Saudi Arabia of course and its treatment of people,oh no she'll go for the cheap shot though.She's a joke.
Yeah, I remember her marching in the Riyadh Paddy's day parade. Disgraceful stuff.
 

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Presidental Traits

Fair dues to her and she's dead right too.
I am not surprised at her decision if this is indeed the main reason among other reasons she could not attend. I met her last year at a function and her address was superb in that she spoke superbly and easily about various subjects.

Other people who have met her find her authentic and very tuned into current issues. She is a real asset for the country and the people

Under the Constitution the President cannot leave the state without the permission of the Government. The inference therefore is that she did not request to leave for this event, which is different than saying she refused the invitation for any particular reason.

That may be closer to the truth than making her a hero or dissenter. No decision is a decision that is neutral, rather than an inference of political intent one way or the other.

In that way I find it admiral and consistent. It is indeed very Presidential in the best meaning of that phrase
 

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What a crock...the queers are still moaning about St.Pat's parade participation? Don't they have their own marches, theatre, music festivals etc. that they use to segregate themselves from the rest of society and then winge when they're excluded from a family-orientated celebration? There's no pleasing some people :roll:
Because gays don't have families? They are sprung from the rocks like aucthonous AtheniansCan you only envisage homosexuality as being about sex? . Straights can march in gay parades, go to gay threatres and music festivals, and there is nothing preventing straights from being part of a straight organisation (that has some gay connection, like for instance, a parents support group) from marching in a gay parade. Neither is there a prohibition on Irish organisations, like the ILGO, from marching in Pride, because they are Irish. Gay pride represents gay people of every description, why can't Irish pride represent Irish people of every description?
 


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