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Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston

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Citation. 515 U.S. 557, 115 S. Ct. 2338, 132 L. Ed. 2d 487, 1995 U.S.

Brief Fact Summary. A gay rights group requested permission, but was denied the right to march in the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade.

Synopsis of Rule of Law. The government may not compel a private speaker to alter its message to include generally accepted views.


Facts. Since 1947, the South Boston Allied War Vets Council, a private organization, has received a permit to run the St. Patrick’s Day parade. Until 1992, the city permitted the group to use the city seal, provided printing services, and direct funding.
In 1992, Irish-American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston (Respondent) was formed and requested access to march in the parade. Hurley (Petitioner) denied the request and Respondent obtained a court order for inclusion. In 1993, Respondent was again refused access and subsequently filed suit.

Issue. Is state law requiring inclusion of gay rights marchers in a privately organized parade constitutional?

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