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South Boston candidates call for parade to allow gays, lesbians

Two candidates for a state Senate seat representing South Boston called Friday for the inclu­sion of gay and lesbian groups in the neighborhood’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade, but the parade’s organizer said there are no plans to change its policies barring those groups.

Maureen Dahill, a Democrat and fourth-generation South Boston resident, and state Representative Linda Dorcena ­Forry, a Dorchester Democrat, released statements Friday saying the time has come to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups into the ­parade organized by the Allied War Veterans Council.

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