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St. Pats parade goes off without hitch despite gay talks

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Mayor Marty Walsh didn't march in Sunday's St. Patrick's Day parade due to one gay group not being able to participate openly, but another political figure marched anyway.

Congressman Stephen Lynch indicated he too would stay away if gays couldn't march and identify themselves, but on Sunday he was one of the first to march.

"If I didn't march it would have implied I think that one party was responsible for us not coming to agreement and that's not the case," said Lynch.

Openly-gay marine Dennis Cote joined him, saying life is all about compromise.

"I think it's important to take small steps and show support so we can work up to having our own representation," Cote said.

An agreement was not reached Saturday night on whether MassEquality, a group comprised of gay veterans, could march openly in the parade. Organizers initially extended an invitation, but only if the group didn't wear T-shirts or hold signs identifying their sexual identity. They refused and didn't march.

Mayor Marty Walsh decided he too would stay on the sidelines.

"The way I feel if people weren't able to express who they are in marching in the parade then I wasn't going to march," Mayor Walsh said.

The maker of Sam Adams beer also backed out of the parade, saying it wouldn't march unless gays were allowed to participate openly.

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