US: Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively marches in Boston St Patrick’s parade, gays remain banned
Anti-gay evangelist Scott Lively, who supported Uganda’s ‘Kill the Gays’ bill, was allowed to take part in Boston’s St Patrick’s Day parade, while a group of gay veterans remained banned.
A group of gay veterans who had previously wanted to march in the parade with MassEquality were not allowed to attend, after the parade’s organisers confirmed last week a ban on gay groups would remain in place.
The organisers said at the time: “It is our intention to keep this parade a family friendly event. We will not allow any group to damage the Integrity of the historic event or our reputation as a safe and fun filled day for all.”
However, the parade’s organisers did not stop anti-gay activist Scott Lively, who is due to stand trial for ‘crimes against humanity’ for his interference in Uganda, from marching in the ‘family friendly’ parade.
Lively has previously cheered on the ‘courageous’ anti-gay bill in Uganda, claimed credit for Russia’s anti-gay laws and hailed Vladimir Putin as an ‘unlikely hero’, claimed he has proof Obama is gay, and just last month called for homosexuality to be reclassified as a mental illness.
He said in a press release: “The LGBT bullies, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, are giving the St. Paddy’s Day Parade organizers a hard time for keeping the parade a family-friendly event, but they are standing strong for family values and not bowing to intimidation.”
“The media is predictably crying ’discrimination,’ but thank God the United States Supreme Court has ruled that the parade organizers have the constitutional right to exclude anyone they please.”