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Catholic League's Donohue: Boycott Sponsors Who Bowed to Gays

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 05:18 PM

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, says he has filed an application to march in the New York City Gay Pride Parade this year.

Donohue — who is boycotting the makers of Guinness Stout, Sam Adams, and Heineken beers after they bowed to gay-rights groups and dropped their support for New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade — says he wants to prove a point.

"I went to the managing director of the Heritage of Pride Parade and ... said, listen, I want to march under my own banner, 'Straight Is Great,' in the 2014 Heritage of Pride Parade. Do you agree?" Donohue told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"Are they going to let me do it or not? I'm waiting to see what they want to say," he said Wednesday.

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Donohue is peeved that gay-rights groups pressured St. Patrick's Day parade sponsors to abandon the event because they were prohibited from displaying banners promoting their organizations. Organizers said banners would politicize the parade.

"[The gays] have rules and have a right to have their rules, which say you have to have LGBT signs, if you're a corporation sponsor — we'll take your money — but you can't have the corporation logo," Donohue said.

"You can disagree with their rules, but that's their parade. [So] why don't they respect us when it comes to the St. Patrick's Day parade?"

Donohue, whose group defends the right of Catholics "to participate in American public life without defamation or discrimination" — said the controversy stems from the opposition of gay-rights groups to the church's teachings on marriage.

"That's what this is all about. It's about sexuality. Almost all of the attacks that come across my desk every day about Catholics have to do with sexuality," he said.

"It's either gay issues or abortion issues or contraception issues. They just can't just leave us alone."

Donohue, who wore a Guinness cap during his interview with Steve Malzberg, later whipped it off and said he might burn it.

"I've had it with them, I've had my last pint, quite frankly. We're going to let the Bostonians take care of Sam Adams. Heineken's, I've said many times that it's slop beer to begin with, so I don't really care about them," he said.

"I'm going to go after Guinness big-time, nonstop, relentlessly." He said he is getting "overwhelming" support for his boycott efforts.

"They have really made a serious mistake, Guinness, in trying to stick it to Roman Catholics," said Donohue, who has been speaking to bartenders and bishops about his campaign.

"We can't keep up with the emails coming in. People are fed up. This is the final straw. We are not anti-gay or ... anything of that nature, we're simply saying that we have our own rules."

"On Monday [at the parade], I didn't ask people what they do in bed and with whom. What do I care if you're homosexual or heterosexual?

"If you're from County Kerry, from Cardinal Spellman [High School], the police department, then you get a banner because it's your unit. But there are no causes. This is not the place for some political statement. [The parade] is there to honor ... St. Patrick."

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