A gay veterans group will march in South Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade, the nation's second largest behind New York.

According to the Boston Herald, OUTVETS will become the first openly gay group allowed to march in the parade.

The Allied War Veterans Council of South Boston voted on Monday to allow the group to march in the parade.

“It's awesome. It's outstanding,” said OUTVETS founder Bryan Bishop.

Bishop said that he was shocked by the vote.

“I knew I had support in the room, but there were some people who were more concerned about my sexuality than the fact that I was a veteran,” he told the paper.

OUTVETS, which advocates for LGBT veterans, marched in last month's Veterans Day parade.

“I want to draw awareness to the LGBT veterans and say we love this country as much as anyone else. We put our own needs aside to support and defend the Constitution like everyone else who served,” said Bishop. “They fought in defense of this country and in defense of freedom that they couldn't enjoy themselves. That's the epitome of courage.”

Last year, Mayor Martin J. Walsh boycotted the parade after talks to allow a gay group to march fell apart.