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Members of OutVets, a group of gay military veterans, hold a banner and flags as they march in the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Boston's South Boston neighborhood. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

St. Patrick's Day parade organizers in Boston will allow gay vets to participate


UPDATE 8:11 a.m. on March 11:

Organizers of Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade have reversed an earlier decision barring a group of gay veterans from participating in the festivities next weekend, according to OutVets' post on Facebook.

"We are honored and humbled by all the outpouring of support that has been displayed for our LGBTQ Veterans - who are one of the most unrepresented demographic in our Veterans community," the post read.

Original story

After a  group of gay veterans with an organization known as OutVets claimed they were denied permission to participate in Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade, organizers of the festivities have scheduled an emergency meeting for Friday to reconsider the ban, the Associated Press reported.

St. Patrick's Day parade organizers in Boston will allow gay vets to participate

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Ed Flynn, a council member who voted to allow the gay veterans' group to march, said he remains optimistic that the organizers of the event, the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, will rectify the situation.

"I remain hopeful that my colleagues on the council will correct this situation and join me in voting for inclusion" Flynn, also a Navy veteran, said. "If this vote does not affirm their right to march in the parade, I will not be marching."

In a statement on its website, the veterans council insisted it had not officially banned Outvets from the parade. It said it told OutVets that the rainbow on its banners and logo violated the code of conduct for the parade, which bars the advertisement or display of one's sexual orientation.

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