No matter how much some things change, other things just don't seem to adjust to the times and the rhythms of our 21st century world.
New York City has an openly lesbian City Council Speaker now, Christine Quinn, who is not only gay, but ***IRISH***. The St. Patrick's Day parade organizers, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will not allow gays and lesbians to march with their chosen groups. So she has chosen not to march at all. Neither Mayor Bloomberg nor other city officials or participants could persuade the Hibernians to change their tune (hm, what if "oh danny boy" was gay???). Washington Post story.
Addendum: After reading a bit of commentary, below, and as a New Yorker of long-standing, I'm tempted to tell those Ancient Hibernians to 'get the heck out of dodge. Go take your parade somewhere else. Florida? Texas? Oh I know, South Dakota. Or back to Eire where the only real Irish are from (to quote mdoneil). Just because you've been parading for 245 years doesn't mean that you should continue with the same rules that you started with. Times change. Far less than two hundred years ago, black people had to drink at separate fountains and enter through separate doorways. Should we return to the days of slavery? I think not. Hear ye O Ancient Hibernians...time to make some changes.