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Catholic League president declines invite to march in NYC gay pride parade

Bill Donohue maintains the organizers of New York Pride require him to attend 'gay training sessions'
Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League

Anti-gay marriage advocate Bill Donohue is declining to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade, after he charging he would never be invited.

The president of the Catholic League fumed when Guinness stopped sponsoring the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade because of its exclusion of gay organizations.

He demanded to march in June's Heritage of Pride parade with a banner 'Straight is great.'

'Why don't they respect us when it comes to the St. Patrick's Day parade,' he wondered in a radio interview, as reported by Right Wing Watch. 'They can't just leave us alone.'

The anti-gay bigot got more tolerance then he ever gives.

'Mr. Donohue and his group are free to participate in the 2014 March,'  David Studinski, march director of NYC Pride, said in a statement as reported by Gawker.

'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,' Studinski continued.

Donohue is not accepting the offer. In a statement on his site, he charged parade officials were requiring him to 'attend gay training sessions, or what they call "information" sessions.'

'It is hypocritical for gay activists to complain about having to abide by the mandatory rules of the St. Patrick's Day parade, and then inform me that I cannot march in their parade unless I respect their mandatory rules, rules that I reject.' Donohue added.

As Joe My God notes the 'gay training sessions' Donohue so rejects are 'about the logistics of the parade, where and when to line up, rules about sound systems, safety procedures, police instructions - all the very basic details that are given out prior to any major public parade.'

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