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Councilman: If you get city money, you must follow city policies

People were outraged last week when the group that puts on the annual St. Patrick's Day Parade said a gay rights group couldn't march. Now at least seven Cincinnati Council members (two hadn't responded as of Friday afternoon) are prepared to approve a motion making sure that doesn't happen again.

Councilman Chris Seelbach's motion would require all parades receiving a financial subsidy from the city - and there are four - must agree in writing to adhere to the city's non-discrimination policy.

It would also require any economic development deals, city contractors or anyone else doing work on behalf of - and subsidized by - the city adhere to the non-discrimination policy as well. An aid for Councilman Seelbach says the city funds 90 percent of four parades deemed Annual Cultural Heritage Events.

They are:

  • Findlay Market Opening Day Parade
  • St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • Black Family Reunion Parade
  • Juneteenth Festival Parade

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