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

    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



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    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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    She has certainly gone up in my opinion after this.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by sue flanker View Post
    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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    Fair dues to her and she's dead right too.

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    There's already a thread on this.

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    Thread here
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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
    Where, after all, is the Muslim outrage at these events? As their ancient, deeply civilized culture of love, art and philosophical reflection is hijacked by paranoiacs, racists, liars, male supremacists, tyrants, fanatics and violence junkies, why are they not screaming? Salman Rushdie (2002)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sue flanker View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by USER1234 View Post
    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!!!
    Indeed! Well done Mary McAleese.

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