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The New York Times this morning reports that "Guinness USA has dropped its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day parade in New York, joining protests of a ban on public expression of gay pride."

The story notes that the parade's organizers have said that while gay rights groups could march, they could not carry signs or otherwise identify their sexuality or political cause.

According to the Times, "Guinness’s decision was applauded by gay rights groups that had threatened to boycott its products. The Stonewall Inn, widely regarded as the birthplace of the gay rights movement, canceled plans to cease selling Guinness starting on Monday … With Heineken USA having withdrawn on Friday, Guinness’s decision leaves Ford Motor Company as the parade’s last big sponsor," according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (Glaad).

Along the same lines, the Times writes, "The Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams, dropped its sponsorship of Boston’s parade."
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