Gay wedding will be held atop Rose Parade float on Wednesday
If watching the Rose Parade is your New Year's Day tradition, Wednesday's broadcast will also make history. Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, a gay couple who have been together for 12 years, plan to tie the knot atop a giant wedding cake on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float when it stops at the Rose Parade's reviewing stand on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of people line the 5-mile parade route through Pasadena and an estimated 80 million more are expected to watch on TV from around the world. The American Family Association has issued a warning to parents about the content, "Rather than risk exposing your children to the blatant promotion of a sinful lifestyle this Wednesday morning, we urge your family to simply skip watching the entire network televised parade altogether."
Despite the protests, The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which puts on the parade, said in a statement that it is proud to have the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's float, adding it clearly represents this year's parade theme, "Dreams Come True."
The ceremony will be in front of the Rose Parade reviewing stand where the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ is to perform the ceremony. The couple and the pastor will be perched on a giant wedding-cake-shaped platform.
The 125th Rose Parade will begin at 8 a.m. Pacific Time (that's 11a.m. for us Florida folks) and it will be broadcast live on ABC, NBC, HGTV, Univision and the Hallmark Channel. Watch the Rose Parade online via live stream here.
So what do you think readers? This has been a hot topic this year. Is this a good way to spark discussion in living rooms across America? Weigh in here.