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Gay group out of Boston St. Patrick's parade

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BOSTON (AP) - A gay rights advocacy group says it is ending its efforts to get organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade to allow gay military veterans to march.

The executive director of MassEquality said Wednesday the group had reached a dead end in its negotiations with the parade sponsor and won't participate in Sunday's parade.

"The meeting in Mayor Walsh’s office was the only and last direct communication that MassEquality has had with the Allied War Veterans Council about MassEquality's application to march in the 2014 South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade. Any representations that a deal had been reached before that in-person meeting on March 2, or that talks have continued since, involve conversations that MassEquality is not a party to.
Three days out from the event, it is clear that the parade remains in 2014 every bit as exclusionary as it has been for the past 20 years. For that reason, regretfully, MassEquality will not be marching," the organization said in a statement.

The parade sponsor, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, said a week ago that it had been "misled" by MassEquality and had ended negotiations.

No deal was reached despite the intervention of Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Congress Stephen Lynch.

Walsh says he won't march if gay groups are excluded. A Walsh spokeswoman tells The Boston Globe the mayor is disappointed no deal was reached.

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