Tuesday, February 4, 2014
(New York, NY) -- Gay rights advocates and city officials are calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to ban all uniformed city employees from marching in the nation's largest St. Patrick's Day Parade. At a news conference today, de Blasio said he respects the right of uniformed workers to march. De Blasio himself won't march in next month's parade because he disagrees with organizers excluding gay people. Parade organizers welcome gay people to march as individuals but not as organized groups or carrying signs proclaiming they are gay.