Bill Donohue, head of an outfit called the Catholic League and who is more Catholic than the pope, seems to make a good living and gains publicity by protesting loudly at anything that can be interpreted as a slight on Catholicism. He was predictably outraged (his outrage meter is always at 11) at the attempts by LGBT groups to march in the St. Patrick’s day parades in New York and Boston. When they were rebuffed, Donohue was again outraged that beer companies Sam Adams, Heineken, and Guinness withdrew their sponsorship and vowed not to drink their beer.
Donohue said that Catholics had every right to reject groups that did not follow their doctrines and said that he would show up the hypocrisy of gay rights supporters by demanding that he be allowed to take part in New York’s Pride Parade under the banner “Straight is Great”.
“Are they going to let me do it or not? I’m waiting to see what they want to say,” Donohue said, explaining the pride parade organizers require participants to carry LGBT signs. “All right, you can disagree with their rules, but that’s their parade. Why don’t they respect us when it comes to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade?”
But the parade organizers have said that Donohue is welcome to march with them.
“Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March,” said David Studinski, march director at NYC Pride, in a statement. “His group’s presence affirms the need for this year’s Pride theme, ‘We Have Won When We’re One.’ Straight is great – as long as there’s no hate.”
Chris Frederick, managing director of the organization, said “straight allies are great,” including the thousands that participate in the parade every year like Catholic groups that support LGBT equality.
I for one would love to see Donohue march in the Pride Parade and be shown a lot of love by the other marchers and supporters lining the streets. But he may be regretting his offer because as of yet parade organizers have not received a formal application from him.
Having second thoughts, Bill?