Cheers for Heineken, Guinness, Sam Adams; beer-makers won't toast gay bans

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And how will you celebrate St. Patrick's Day?

The nation's largest civil rights group is hailing decisions by major brewers — Guinness, Heineken and Sam Adams — to drop sponsorships of St. Patrick’s Day parades that discriminate by excluding openly LGBT participants.

“As corporate America continues to lead the charge for LGBT equality, today three of America’s top brewers are helping us say no to anti-LGBT discrimination,” said Deena Fidas, director of the Human Rights Campaign's Workplace Equality Program. “This year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations will be served up with a pint of fairness.”

Yesterday, Guinness released a corporate statement, saying: “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all.  We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade.  As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation.  We will continue to work with community leaders to ensure that future parades have an inclusionary policy.”

Earlier, Sam Adams announced that it wouldn't sponsor Boston's St. Patrick's Day parade.

And Heineken also has taken a stand against the discrimination by the parade organziers.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh both declined to march in their cities respective St. Patrick’s Day parades, citing discrimination against LGBT people.