To which the head of the parade committee, Philip Wuschke, replied: Southern Baptist Convention official Richard Land said gay issues represent just one area of the problems religious conservatives have with Giuliani. In that regard, she and her fellow campaigners were disappointed that in their view De Blasio had not gone far enough. For the last 10 weeks, Bill de Blasiothe fledgling mayor of New York, has been painting a fresh face on this endlessly changing city. So what has the parade committee to say about all this?
House Speaker John Boehner became animated Tuesday over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, castigating the Obama administration for not having approved the project yet.
New York mayor out of step with St Patrick's Day march over anti-gay ban
But in the last few days he has been embroiled in a tale of two cities of a different order. The organisers did not respond to a request for comment from the Observer. With all that under way, De Blasio could hardly stand by and watch impassively as the St Patrick's Day parade went ahead, anti-gay ban stubbornly in place. Finkel believes the fact the ban still exists in underlines the multifariousness of New York, or as Walt Whitman famously said about himself, that it "contains multitudes". They wanted it all.
The mayor might be boycotting the event himself, but, ignoring the demands of protesters, he has made clear he will allow officers of the NYPD and fire department, who make up a large proportion of the marchers, to attend if they wish. A similar prohibition has existed in the St Patrick's Day parade in Boston sincewhen the US supreme court ruled it was the organisers' first amendment right to dictate who they allowed to march. The focal point is the St Patrick's Day parade, the oldest Irish tradition in America, that has been held every year sincemore than a decade before the declaration of independence. The sponsor went on to suggest that gay and lesbian groups were actively avoiding applying to march because that suited their political purposes. And yet a wind of change is blowing forcefully across America. House Speaker John Boehner became animated Tuesday over the proposed Keystone Pipeline, castigating the Obama administration for not having approved the project yet. The move is in tune with the mayor's actions in his first two months in office, in which he has attempted to kick the city, sometimes squealing, in a liberal direction.