Hurley v. Irish American GLIB
The application of the Irish American Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Group of Boston, or GLIB, to march in the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in 1992, the first of its kind in the history of the parade, was met with a rejection by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.
GLIB members obtained a state order to allow their participation and marched peaceably that year.
After the organization’s 1993 application was also denied, GLIB filed a suit against the Allied War Veterans Council, alledging discrimination on the account of sexual orientation.
The state court found in favor of GLIB, and the ruling was upheld by the Massachusetts Supreme Court. Following that decision, the Allied War Veterans cancelled the 1994 parade.
The US Supreme Court, however, unanimously reasoned that the council had the right to protect its message, even though it had previously been lenient on its guidelines, on June 19, 1995.