Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,300+ case briefs...

Hurley v. Irish-American Gay, Lesbian, & Bisexual Group of Boston

United States Supreme Court
515 U.S. 557 (1995)



The mayor of South Boston granted authority to organize and conduct an annual parade to the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council (Council), an unincorporated association of individuals. In 1992, the Irish-American Gay Lesbian & Bisexual Group of Boston (GLIB) (plaintiff) applied for and was denied an opportunity to march in the parade by the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council. It received a state court order overturning this decision, however, and marched in the parade without incident. In 1993, after GLIB was again refused an opportunity to march by the Council, the organization and its members filed suit in state court against John Hurley, the Council, and the city of Boston (defendants). GLIB alleged violations of a Massachusetts law prohibiting discrimination against sexual orientation in places of public accommodation. The trial court ordered the Council to include GLIB in the parade, and the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Souter, J.)

What to do next…

  1. Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.

    You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 488,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.

  2. Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.

    Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.

Here's why 488,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,300 briefs, keyed to 985 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
  • The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
  • Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
  • Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial