Happy St. Patrick’s Day to those who celebrate it.
And to all my cat lover friends and followers.
Good news regarding a battle that could have always been, had it been handled differently, much ado over nothing:
The longtime chairman of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade has been ousted over his hard-line opposition to gay groups marching in the iconic procession.
John Dunleavy was replaced by a board member who was instrumental in winning a spot this year for a gay group tied to official broadcaster WNBC, according to a statement Wednesday from the organization behind the annual March 17 march up Fifth Avenue.
New Chairman John Lahey was elected “with the authorization to add a second lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender group to the parade,” the statement added.
Tuesday’s decision by the parade’s board of directors came five days after the US Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was a right protected by the US Constitution, and followed a May referendum approving gay marriage in Ireland.
With Ireland itself having voted so decisively in favor of equality, I’m sure the entire facade looked unsustainable.
So much time and energy homophobia took away from what was always just supposed to be a celebration of Irish pride.