Gay Couple To Be Wed Atop Rose Parade Float, Woman Calls For Boycott


Thanks to the Supreme Court's overturning of California's Proposition 8 earlier this year, January 1, 2014 will mark the first New Year's Day that same-sex marriage is legal in the Golden State. To commemorate the historic moment, a gay couple will be wed atop a float in the annual Rose Parade. The float, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Los Angeles, is titled, "Love is the Best Protection." However, not everyone is pleased about this public display of affection. A San Diego woman, Karen Grube, is calling for a boycott of The Tournament of Roses according to Pasadena Star-News. Said Grube: “Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal?…That’s just stupid.” Never mind that gay marriage is legal in California, where the Rose Parade takes place. Grube relies on some stock objections to the Rose Parade featuring a gay wedding, though she insists her boycott has nothing to do with "religious convictions":

BoycottGrube also said she didn’t think the Tournament should be involved in a group’s “political agenda.”

“It used to be a family thing, to get up on New Year’s Day morning and watch the parade,” she said. “It no longer is.”

Danny Leclair said the negative reaction over the planned wedding to his long-time partner Aubrey Loots has not diminished his enthusiasm for his special day.

“It’s something that they don’t understand and so I expected it,” he said. “We’re not dissuaded or upset or concerned. We’re simply acknowledging it.”

While Leclair describes some of the negative comments he has read as “heinous,” others he says, are “people taking a stand for something they believe in.”

“There’s a lot of people who think we’re doing this as a political statement,” he said. “It couldn’t be further from the truth. Our stance is love is love and love will save lives.”

Leclair said he hopes his wedding, which will be broadcast around the world to an estimated 68 million people, will show people that gay marriage isn’t something to fear.

The Tournament of Roses organizers have no objection to the float and point out it fits in with this year's parade theme, "Dreams Come True":

“Like all of our sponsors and float designers, AHF continues to help make the Rose Parade a premier event through original and creative expressions that connect to parade themes — as this float does."


  1. Sammy says

    Karen Gribe is one of the most hateful of top commenters on NOM’s Facebook page. She bills herself as a freelance paralegal. She is willfully ignorant of law that does not comport with her chosen religion (most like the reason for “freelance”). ie:”blatantly illegal”. Gay marriage is legal in all States and territories of the US, it’s simply unrecognized by most.

  2. Rob says

    A&E started a bad precedence in this country. Literally everything the LGBT community does from now on will be met with boycott… boycott… the power of Capitalism and loud-mouthed extremists at it’s best.

  3. Mike Ryan says

    And why is it no longer a family thing? For the haters, the bigots of this world, it was never a family thing but for those who believe in love it is very much a family thing. If you’re a bigot then don’t watch the Rose Parade.

  4. Mike Ryan says

    Let’s not forget that our world is now much bigger than those of the haters. If we boycott it hurts far worse then any boycott they can wage against us. Boycott A&E and all who support it. Don’t work for A&E in ANY capacity. Don’t buy the A&E service. Let A&E languish in the wind with their right wing bigots.

  5. ruby says

    I think we should boycott because of the dangerous and ridiculous message being sent by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s theme: “Love is the Best Protection”.
    What is that about? If I really love someone I don’t need condoms? Since when?

  6. john patrick says

    Where are the calls for “free speech” from Sarah and her friends at FOX? Oh, that’s right, “free speech” is only for people who agree with them.

  7. RIck says

    Another WOMAN on the rampage, just demonstrating yet again that, when push comes to shove and they are faced with the reality of having to accept the idea of two men being in love with each other and having no emotional need for a woman…..the underlying homophobia of women will become apparent.

    Women are not our friends and never will be……

  8. Rick says

    That said, I’m even less of a friend than most women. After all, there are many, countless in fact, women who are not only not gay but are visible and vocal advocates for the entire LGBT Communities.

    Unlike myself. I’m a eunuch who hates himself almost as much as my parents hated me. I don’t do anything at all to help the gay community, I just like to come on here everyday and blame women and effeminate men for the fact that I’ll never experience love.

  9. Walid says

    Our side needs to be prepared to support our LGBT and this wonderful couple after this incident. The conservative BIGOTS now think they can bully us in a corner. They can’t!

  10. Gay Guy says

    The Supreme Court has ruled that in both California & Utah (and by extension the entire U.S.), it is illegal (because it is discriminatory) to deny same-sex couples the right to marry. That’s the illegality (that is still on-going for the time being) that she should be concerned with!

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