NEW YORK, July 2, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - John Dunleavy, one of the few parade committee members to oppose the gay agenda at New York’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, is no longer chairman of the event, following a meeting of event officers and board members. That's the report coming from Irish Central yesterday.
Dunleavy was outspoken in his opposition to gay pride groups participating in the event and said he planned to prevent it in next year's. Reportedly, he said gay pride groups would "have a problem" if they attempted to march next year.
In addition, Dunleavy was apparently shopping around rights to next year's event to various television networks besides NBC, which had rights for this past March's parade.
Presumably, he did so because NBC included its own gay pride group, OUT@NBCUniversal, in this year's parade.
One reason Dunleavy — who was running for another term as chairman — didn't make the cut could be the resistance of Dr. John Lahey, the vice chairman of the event as well as president of Quinnipiac University. Lahey was allegedly ready to quit his own job managing the parade’s media deals in the event Dunleavy managed to get gay pride groups blocked next year.
Dunleavy’s replacement hasn’t been announced yet.
New York's 2015 St. Patrick's Day Parade became the first time ever in the annual event that a gay group was allowed to march in celebration of its homosexual identity. Cardinal Timothy Dolan added enormously to the scandal by choosing to serve as Grand Marshall of the event, despite heavy criticism from some of the more eye-opening Catholic media outlets. On the day of the march, Church Militant's Michael Voris was even illicitly removed from asking the cardinal questions in the media scrum, although Voris showed authorities a legitimate press pass at the scene.