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Beer makers pull sponsorship for St. Patrick's Day parades over policies

New York City (CNN) -- Guinness beer announced Sunday it's pulling out of the Saint Patrick's Day parade in New York City because lesbian and gay groups aren't allowed to march openly.

The announcement by Guinness comes just days after Heineken dropped out of new york's parade and, Sam Adams announced it will no longer sponsor the Saint Patty's Day parade in Boston.

Both parades have policies that do no allow sexual orientation to be displayed.

Guinness was under pressure to withdraw its sponsorship of the parade.

LGBT advocacy group GLAAD had planned an Anti-Guinness event on Monday.

And, gay rights icon Stonewall Inn had threatened to stop selling Guinness beer if the company continued to sponsor the parade.

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