Catholic League's Bill Donohue Seems a Little Nervous About Actually Marching in the Gay Pride Parade [Updated]

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Bill Donohue, whose face always looks like that.
One-man outrage machine Bill Donohue, president and evidently the sole member of the Catholic League, has asked for and received permission from the NYC Pride March, a.k.a. the gay pride parade, to march with them in June. Donohue says he wants to hold a banner with the words "Straight Is Great." Bill Donohue has a lot of time on his hands. But we suspect he's not actually going to march in the parade. Join us, won't you, as we march resolutely down this rabbit hole of trollery?

Update, 5:30 p.m.: We're psychic! The full update's at the bottom of this post.

Donohue is well known for his opposition to gay marriage, though he'll often insist, not super convincingly, that he has nothing against gays. His request to march in the pride parade is, as you might have guessed, a response to this year's St. Patrick's Day controversy, when Mayor Bill de Blasio and a large contingent of the City Council declined to march because the St. Pat's folks don't permit openly gay people or groups to participate. Donohue argues that the St. Patrick's Day organizers have every right to exclude whatever group they wish, and is one of those calling for a boycott on Guinness to protest their decision to pull out of the parade.

Fine. Great. But Donohue's next move -- asking to participate in the pride parade, in the apparent hopes that he'd be turned down and could be outraged at the Hypocrisy of the Gays -- has not gone quite the way he expected. Now, he's in the awkward position of having to actually march in the Pride Parade. This is going to be great.

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This Was the Gayest St. Patrick's Day Ever, Relatively Speaking

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The Irish Queers protest at the 2014 St. Patrick's Day Parade
While St. Patrick's Day revelers were puking technicolor green on each other all up and down 5th Avenue, a mass beericide was narrowly averted at the Stonewall Inn, as part of what turned out to be a (relatively) gay-friendly St. Patrick's Day. The famed gay bar had planned a mass dumping of Guinness yesterday afternoon, to protest the company's decision to sponsor the official, no-gays-allowed St. Patrick's Day parade. Stacy Lentz, co-owner of the Stonewall, says the bar planned to dump between 10 and 15 cases of the beer.

But late Sunday, Guinness announced it would pull its sponsorship of the parade, writing: "Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy." The Stonewall canceled its planned beer-dumping and proceeded with its $10 Guinness and Jameson special, allowing everyone to dump beer down each other's gullets, where it belongs. (Heineken also pulled its support for the New York parade, as did Sam Adams in Boston.)

At the same time, both New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh were declining to march in their city's parades, citing the anti-gay policies. The Irish Queers, a group that's been protesting the parade for more than two decades, see a sea change underway.

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Irish Queers Protest At St. Patrick's Day Parade

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As the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade marches up Fifth Avenue today, an annual protest will take place. The group Irish Queers will call out the NYPD's participation in the event, which they say on their website "was redesigned so that anti-gay bigots could parade using the church's special right to discriminate." Protests have been occurring for 21 years, however, Irish Queers member Emmaia Gelman said that now her group is not fighting against parade organizer's right to exclude openly gay and lesbian people from participating. "This protest about not allowing them to have it both ways," she told Runnin' Scared. "It's can't be both a religious anti-gay procession and include all the public servants."


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