Ripped straight from the headlines of yesteryear (seriously didn’t this same news cycle happen two years ago), Anheuser-Busch has threatened a boycott of the iconic Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade over its discriminatory exclusion of a gay veterans group. The company has joined Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Mass. Governor Charlie Baker in denouncing the parade’s board from excluding the group OUTVETS that serves as a community for openly LGBT veterans. An Anheuser-Busch spokeswoman said, “We value equality and believe diversity enriches our workforce and our world. . . . We are disappointed to learn that the OUTVETS, who have proudly served this country, have been denied entry to the South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”
The history of gays groups marching in the parade is a long one that even ended up in the Supreme Court, but after pressure from corporations—Sam Adams threatened a boycott in 2014—it seemed the Boston’s Parade began to change its stance on the participations of LGBT groups. Boston had allowed gay vet groups to march in the year’s since.
Let’s march forward not backwards and accept our diversity.
Breaking: Statement from Anheuser-Busch on the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade: pic.twitter.com/z8CzS3ApOA
— Ryan Ruggiero (@RyanRuggiero) March 8, 2017