BOSTON - MARCH 15: Massachusetts Congressman Seth Moulton marches with OUTVETS, a non-profit that highlights the rights and contributions of LGBTQ veterans, active service members, and their families. Long snubbed gay rights groups finally marched in South Boston's famed St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15, 2015. Because of this inclusion, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and other politicians chose to march for the first time in support. (Photo by Dina Rudick/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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By Abigail Abrams
March 9, 2017

This year’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Boston looks like it could lose a big sponsor.

Anheuser-Busch InBev may withdraw its sponsorship from the parade after event organizers voted to exclude a gay veterans group from marching in the procession, CNN Money reports. The South Boston Allied War Veterans Council, which organizes the annual parade, voted Tuesday to prohibit OutVets — a group that honors LGBTQ veterans— from participating in the annual parade.

The council has historically not allowed LGBT groups to join the festivities. But in 2015, it voted to allow two LGBT veterans groups including OutVets to march for the first time, according to the Boston Globe.

“We are disappointed to learn that the OutVets, who have proudly served this country, have been denied entry,” a spokesperson for Anheuser-Busch said in a statement, according to CNN Money. “We are re-evaluating our participation in this event.”

The beer company was set to provide financial sponsorship and its signature Clydesdales at the parade, which will be held on March 19.

The decision to block OutVets has also prompted backlash from other sponsors and politicians, according to WBZ, a local CBS affiliate. Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker both said they would not make appearances at the event.

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