Major Beer Companies Pull Out of St. Patrick’s Day Parades Due to Marriage Inequality

By Nicholas Luciano,
Money and Investing Writer

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a huge American tradition with parades in major cities all over the country. In Boston and New York City this past St. Patrick’s Day, many influential people and businesses de­cided to withdraw their participation due to support of equality for all.

Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trans­gender individuals were the hot topics of the parade and brought a lot of attention from the media and the public. Gays and lesbians were not banned from parades, however they were not allowed to carry any signs of sexual orientation.

The Irish community that predomi­nately follows Roman Catholicism would not allow these types of expression. In the world we live in today, discrimination still exists, but it is very surprising that the United States is still dealing with these types of issues.

Three major beer companies that al­ways support the St. Patrick Day Parades decided to make bold moves this year by declining to participate due to the discrimi­nation against gays and lesbians.

Sam Adams originating in Boston still decided to follow Heineken and Guinness’ major influence in New York City. Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio and mayor of Boston Martin Walsh both made crucial decisions to not attend their cities parades because of the discrimination.

GLAAD, the gay and lesbian advoca­cy group, could not be happier to gain well deserved support during such a great holi­day. GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis stated, “Discrimination should never be celebrated.” She and others from the group were enthused with the support received from many around the nation.

“Guinness has a strong history of sup­porting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all. We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy,” a spokesman for the brewery’s parent company, Diageo, said.

For businesses that play an integral part of the parades to advocate for equal­ity has shown that society can support the ultimate mission of the United States, a land for all people, equal in our unalien­able rights. It is great to see the liberal views and whatever business sales Guin­ness, Sam Adams, and Heineken lost, they will be able to make up considering they just gained a very big new customer base. St. Patrick’s Day was changed with a little piece of history this year.

A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, Mar. 25 print edition.

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