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No deal reached in St. Patrick's Day parade controversy

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BOSTON (WHDH) - It's less than 24 hours away from the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and still no deal has been reached between parade organizers and a local gay organization.

Mayor Marty Walsh had hoped to broker an agreement between parade organizers and MassEquality, a group comprised of gay veterans.

Parade organizers extended an invitation to MassEquality, but only if they didn't hold a banner or wear T-shirts promoting their sexual preference.

MassEquality balked at those conditions and the invitation was eventually rescinded.

"It's really not controversy it's stubbornness at this point. It's time to stop being stubborn," said Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Walsh, Congressman Stephen Lynch and the maker of Sam Adams beer are skipping the parade if gay groups can't march.

Other LGBT organizations are reaching out in regards to the controversy. The St. Patrick's Peace Parade, which will occur after the South Boston parade, is organized by Veterans for Peace and will be sponsored by Boston Pride. The parade allows LGBT members to march.

"We speak with one voice regarding this issue and urge the traditional St. Patrick’s Parade organizers to accept the Veterans for Peace and all other honorable and peace-loving groups to be in the traditional parade," Boston Pride said in a statement released Saturday.

Regardless of if a deal is reached, the mayor is hoping the controversy doesn't put a damper on the festivities.

"We have to hope to get this behind us in a positive way," Mayor Walsh said.
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