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NYC candidates to skip St. Patrick’s parade

NEW YORK — Christine Quinn, a leading candidate to be New York’s next mayor, is also a lesbian and proud of it. And that is why the City Council speaker will not be marching in Saturday’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, an event so entrenched in New York tradition that it is older than the United States.

Quinn’s rising political prominence is bringing a decades-long dispute between parade organizers and gay activists back into sharp relief. And it is raising the prospect of an unprecedented standoff next year if she wins November’s election and becomes the city’s first openly gay and first female mayor.

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