Rose Parade's Gay Marriage Sparks Boycott
Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair via AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Partners who have been together for more than a decade are going to get married on New Year's Day. In front of more than 50 million people. On live television.
Maybe. It remains to be seen how much camera time will be dedicated to the first-of-its-kind same-sex wedding at the 125th Rose Parade in Pasadena Wednesday.
But one thing's for sure:
Folks of the narrow-minded variety, many of them from outside California, are having fits about the wedding's inclusion in the annual event.
The people behind the "Boycott the 2014 Rose Parade" Facebook page reached more than 3,000 likes over the weekend. They want those opposed to same-sex marriage to tell parade organizers, parade marchers and the event's sponsors "no":
The Rose Parade shouldn't be used by gay activists to promote the gay agenda, and a rose parade float is no place to flagrantly display a gay wedding. But I guess they think they can pervert this year's theme "Dreams Come True," to allow this disgusting exhibition. Tell them NO!
Parade organizers have stated for the record that they welcome the wedding (even as some parts of America aren't rolling out the red carpet).
Aubrey Loots, 42, and Danny Leclair, 45, were chosen by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation from more than a dozen couples who wanted to wed on the AHF's float.
The ceremony will commemorate the legalization of same-sex marriage in California following U.S. Supreme Court rulings this year that overturned our gay marriage ban and struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
See also: Prop. 8 Dismissed by U.S. Supreme Court.
The couple owns the Studio DNA Salons chain in the L.A. area.
Having my relationship recognized legally is already a dream come true. To be able to declare my love to the world at large in hopes of inspiring others to live proudly and authentically is an enormous honor.
Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer via the AIDS Healthcare Foundation
Joining Loots and Leclair on the float will be Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer, who legally married in 2008, before California's Proposition 8 ban passed with the backing of Mormon-affiliated opponents.
They've been together 42 years.
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