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Congressman Lynch holding out hope for St. Pats parade talks

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Congressman Stephen Lynch announced that he will be following Mayor Marty Walsh's lead and won't be marching in the St. Patrick's Day parade.

Negotiations are still continuing to allow gay veterans to march. If they're not allowed, the two politicians won't be marching either.

"There should be a way that we can enable gay veterans to march in the parade. There may not be a lot but they deserved to be honored for their service, it's as simple as that," Lynch said.

There has been a lot of back and forth between the two sides. Parade organizers initially granted MassEquality's request to allow gay veterans to march without any displays, but then rescinded the offer, calling the application a "ploy" and questioning just how many gay veterans were actually planning to march.

The South Boston congressman said that the number shouldn't matter.

"There may be some veterans who want to march and some who don't feel they're being given enough freedom. All I know is we should welcome all veterans who would like to march," Lynch said.

Despite the event being less than a week away, Lynch still holds out hope that the two sides can work something out.
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