NOTE: Where it is feasible, a syllabus headnote will be released, as is being done in connection with this case, at the time the opinion is issued. The syllabus constitutes no part of the opinion of the Court but has been prepared by the Reporter of Decisions for the convenience of the reader. See United States v. Detroit Lumber Co.
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Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Group of Boston - Wikipedia
March 17 is set aside for two celebrations in South Boston. As early as , some people in Boston observed the feast of the apostle to Ireland, and since the day has marked the evacuation of royal troops and Loyalists from the city, prompted by the guns captured at Ticonderoga and set up on Dorchester Heights under General Washington's command. Washington himself reportedly drew on the earlier tradition in choosing "St. Patrick" as the response to "Boston," the password used in the colonial lines on evacuation day. See J. Crimmins, St. Hatch ed.
Hurley v. Irish-American Gay - 515 U.S. 557 (1995)
Petitioner South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, an unincorporated association of individuals elected from various veterans groups, was authorized by the city of Boston to organize and conduct the St. Patrick's Day-Evacuation Day Parade. The Council refused a place in the event to respondent GLIB, an organization formed for the purpose of marching in the parade in order to express its members' pride in their Irish heritage as openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, to show that there are such individuals in the community, and to support the like men and women who sought to march in the New York St.
Try it out for free. Application of Massachusetts public accommodations law to require private parade sponsor to include, as marching unit, organization of gays, lesbians, and bisexuals held to violate sponsor's First Amendment right to free speech. Petitioners, a parade organizer and a parade council, organized a special annual parade.