By Laura Crimaldi and John Hilliard, The Boston Globe

In the South End, Dr. Jon Santiago blasted the decision to exclude gay veterans, even if parade organizers reversed it. Santiago is a resident physician in emergency medicine at Boston Medical Center and a captain in the US Army Reserves.

Santiago said it was time to end the long debate over whether gays people should have the right to march in the South Boston parade.

He criticized organizers for allowing members who are not veterans to cast votes against those who served in the armed forces.

“The fact that they’re shaming veterans who put their lives on the line, it’s a pity,” said Santiago