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Rose Parade Gay Marriage Draws Ire of Some in LGBT Community

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Yesterday, we reported on Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, a gay Los Angeles couple of 12 years who married atop a float in Pasadena's Tournament of Roses Parade sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

The marriage, which was intended to mark the first New Year's Day that same-sex marriage is legal in California and the role that marriage can play in helping to reduce new HIV infections among gay men, apparently drew objections from both sides of the aisle. In an interview with LA Weekly, Leclair admitted that they had been criticized by both anti-gay conservatives and members of the LGBT community.

"We did not expect that some of our ‘supporters’ would join the chorus of dissent. We heard from gay men who felt it was too soon to flaunt our wedding in public. Some felt that it was wildly inappropriate to assert that committed same sex relationships could contribute to the reduction of HIV infections around the world. We heard from friends of the LGBT community who thought two men kissing on a cake would set back the movement by enraging the Right Wing Conservative groups. Then there were the concerned citizens who felt that any wedding, gay, or straight, should be reserved for less public affairs."

Lecliar also noted that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's statement that gay marriage is “the best protection” from AIDS is more of a starting point for a larger conversion about lasting, committed relationships helping reduce the spread of HIV in the gay community.  

[via Breitbart]

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  1. The Ricks of the world always have something silly to say.

    Posted by: JMC | Jan 2, 2014 9:41:44 AM


  2. There was no problem with it. Visibility and inclusion are the names of the game. Gay people don't get anywhere in this world by twiddling around in the shadows.

    Posted by: M2 | Jan 2, 2014 9:46:57 AM


  3. Well, I'm a huge supporter of marriage equality (having gotten married in NY two years ago) but this was not the appropriate venue. It feels a little "show boat-y" to me. Not all publicity is good publicity, see Lohan, Miley, etc.

    Posted by: RONTEX | Jan 2, 2014 10:01:54 AM


  4. wow.. I mean it was a bit tacky but...

    Ok here is the problem - "members of the LGBT community"

    The GAY community has no issue. Seems to be the LGBTs. And likely the T's are behind any criticism since it had nothing to do with them and they have to make everything somehow about them.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Jan 2, 2014 10:02:08 AM


  5. OF COURSE it is going to infuriate right wing conservatives. That right there makes it all worth it.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 2, 2014 10:09:00 AM


  6. This falls into the category of: "Really? No, really?"

    Some folks in "our community" have waaaaaay too much time on their hands if they complain about something like this.

    Posted by: kdknyc | Jan 2, 2014 10:09:33 AM


  7. Yes Homo G, it certainly was tacky, but so was your low swipe at the Trans folk. Was that really necessary?

    Posted by: Joe in Ct | Jan 2, 2014 10:12:42 AM


  8. I agree it's tacky, but I also understand why they did it. If it was just a pretend ceremony after a real, private one, then it would have been more appropriate. But in the age of reality TV, is it any wonder that everyone is trying to be famous by forcing their lives into ours? What ever happened to the idea that people had to earn fame through talent?

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jan 2, 2014 10:13:30 AM


  9. I believe the author intended to say both sides of the "aisle" not "isle." Unless those objecting to or praising this wedding all happen to live on the same island together.

    Posted by: Sam | Jan 2, 2014 10:13:59 AM


  10. How about reporting on the lack of TV coverage of the award-winning float? ABC chose not to show it at all. Other stations gave it very minor coverage and certainly not as much coverage as they gave to other floats that had won awards.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 2, 2014 10:14:51 AM


  11. I think its awesome.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 2, 2014 10:33:34 AM


  12. @GraphicJack

    Fame used to solely consist of royals and the aristocracy, the antithesis of earning it through merit.

    Posted by: M2 | Jan 2, 2014 10:52:19 AM


  13. First time is always tacky.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 2, 2014 10:55:26 AM


  14. First time is always tacky.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 2, 2014 10:55:35 AM


  15. First time is always tacky.

    Posted by: pppc | Jan 2, 2014 10:55:36 AM


  16. First time is always tacky.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 2, 2014 10:55:36 AM


  17. First time is always tacky.

    Posted by: ppp | Jan 2, 2014 10:56:31 AM


  18. There are many things they degrade marriage. This is one of them. Marriage is sacred and should not be portrayed in such a flippant, tacky, crassly political way. This devalues marriage instead of elevating it.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jan 2, 2014 11:23:54 AM


  19. There are many things they degrade marriage. This is one of them. Marriage is sacred and should not be portrayed in such a flippant, tacky, crassly political way. This devalues marriage instead of elevating it.

    Posted by: Malcolm | Jan 2, 2014 11:23:56 AM


  20. I'm of the latter court. Weddings should be less spectacles and more a private celebration. I would have thrown eggs if a straight bridezilla was up there. These two are no more special to me because they're of the community.

    Maybe I'm just a bitter old queen, but I hate public weddings. It reminds me too much of some stunt queen crap. This feels like they are trying to rub our noses in their business.

    And yet, if this had just been on television and not live, in a parade before millions of people, I wouldn't have thought twice about it. Just changed the channel after thinking 'good for them'.

    Posted by: Robert | Jan 2, 2014 11:37:01 AM


  21. Actually, Malcolm, the argument could be made that this elevates marriage at least 15 feet above street level. Also, why you be hatin??

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jan 2, 2014 11:38:40 AM


  22. SELF HATING CROWD SUCK

    Posted by: Timmy | Jan 2, 2014 11:41:21 AM


  23. I've seen nothing but support for them, ONLY group I've seen vocally opposed from LGBT is gay republicans. And I'm not saying that to be cute. Gay republicans are outraged all over their twitter accounts that this couple had "the freedom of speech to do this but Phil Robertson had his stifled" and no I'm not making this up. Check out a number of the log cabin members twitter pages.

    Posted by: Junior | Jan 2, 2014 11:42:53 AM


  24. Yup. Was just about to say, the only backlash I've noticed against them on the GLBT blogosphere is from gay conservatives. Actual gay republicans. Not unexpected from that crowd, but yeah.

    Posted by: Klien | Jan 2, 2014 11:44:00 AM


  25. I found them adorable and smiled seeing them smile, and loved it all.

    Posted by: Two Dads | Jan 2, 2014 11:44:23 AM


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