I was not aware that the popular St. Patrick’s Day slogan  “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” has an unspoken footnote: "only if you're the opposite gender."

Well, that was the message from the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day parades in Boston and New York City. Both have controversially maintained the ban against marchers carrying posters identifying or celebrating queer sexual orientations.

In response, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio boycotted yesterday’s parade, and the parade's big-time sponsors Heineken, Sam Adams, and Guinness, awesomely followed suit.

A Heineken representative told CNBC on Friday: "We believe in equality for all. We are no longer a sponsor of Monday's parade."

If a St. Patrick’s Day event loses the support of beer companies, it really needs to check. it. self. And maybe join the modern world. 

Additionally, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh--the city’s first Irish-American mayor in 20 years--declined attending the city’s parade on Sunday. Walsh held negotiations between Boston’s parade organizers and various gay rights organizations that went well into the night on Saturday, but they failed to reach a compromise. Boston’s Allied War Veterans Council wanted to march in the parade donning their banner, along with Irish, American, and rainbow flags, but the parade organizers asserted their right as declared by a 1993 federal court ruling to ban groups marching with gay rights banners. Yikes. 1993 was practically yesterday! 

Ironically, in Ireland, gay groups are allowed to openly march in parades. *cue eye-roll*

To cool your jets, watch this girl expertly utilize sarcasm. 



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