Invited by Ancient Order of Hibernians, the organizers of New York City’s famously gay-exclusionary St. Patrick’s Day Parade, to be 2011’s grand marshal, Ireland’s outgoing President Mary McAleese responded: No thanks.
Why turn her back on what will be the 250th anniversary of the parade? Because the event refuses to let gays march openly, and McAleese ain’t having it. Or at least she ain’t having the controversy that will erupt from it.
(New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, the god-fearing bigot, is “being considered a likely replacement.”)
So: Kiss her, she’s awesome.
[photo: President McAleese with her husband Martin]