Bostonherald – Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s failed bid to broker a deal to allow gay veterans to march openly in the South Boston’s St. Patrick’s Day parade has reopened old fault lines in the neighborhood, with some residents embracing the decades-old ban and others condemning it. Tom Connolly, 54, a plumber and lifelong Southie denizen, the Allied War Veterans Council did the right thing by standing firm on its belief that gays should not be allowed to march in the parade — a right supported by a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1995 in favor of the group and its then-leader, John “Wacko” Hurley. “I’m a straight guy myself. So I don’t see why a gay person would want to march alongside me, no more than I would want to march with a gay person. The only reason they are doing that is that they are trying to push their gay authority,” Connolly said. “We don’t really want the gay people in our parade. We don’t march in your parade.”
“I don’t think it’s time to get rid of the parade altogether, but I think it’s disgusting and pretty abhorrent that anyone should be discriminated against for any of their thoughts or feelings, and I don’t think a group should not be a allowed to walk simply because of their sexual orientation,” said Randy Gross, 38, a photographer who works in South Boston and lives in Dorchester.
Walsh has repeatedly said he will not march in the parade if gay groups are not allowed, though he did march several times when he was a state representative.
The Herald just doing big things with this article. I mean I laughed out loud at the dude they dug up from Southie. I was going to ask how long it took for them to find the perfect guy to fit their agenda, but in Southie it probably took 2 seconds. Just the prototypical Southie dude who despises gay people. I mean how about this quote?
“I’m a straight guy myself. So I don’t see why a gay person would want to march alongside me, no more than I would want to march with a gay person. The only reason they are doing that is that they are trying to push their gay authority,”
All they are trying to do is push their gay authority? BAHAHA! BRAVO SIR! I’d expect nothing less from a dude with those type of glasses. Southie 101 right here.
And then on the other side of the coin we have Randy Gross. I actually know Randy. He did a ton of the photoshoots for Barstool back in the newspaper days. Great dude. Guess what? He’s gay. So yeah Randy thinks gays should be allowed to walk. Granted so do I and everybody who isn’t a bigot, but still just a bang up job by the Herald here picking the most bigoted guy in Southie and a gay dude. Shocker they don’t see eye to eye.