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TV Stations Cut Away From Rose Parade Gay Marriage

Aubrey Loots and Dany Leclair

On New Year's Day Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair made an historic moment by being the first gay couple to wed atop a float in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Spectators cheered, providing a mass affirmation for the couple, but not everyone present shared the crowd's enthusiasm and support.

Specifically, several TV stations filming the parade cut away from the float, and they weren't small stations either. NBC, ABC, and HGTV all cut away, while radio station KLTA went to silence during the AHF float, but allegedly "effused" over the eHarmony float.

None of the offenders have offered up any explanation as to why they cut away, but feel free to contact NBC, ABC, HGTV, and KLTA via Twitter to inquire why they did what they did.

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  1. Maybe they cut away not because they're gay, but because getting married on a Rose Bowl float is a tacky, attention-whore display?

    Posted by: Reality Check | Jan 3, 2014 9:09:17 PM

  2. What should have been the most important day of their life and nobody decided to dress up for it? Not even the vicar? Maybe that's why the stations didn't show it - it didn't look like a wedding at all - more like 3 friends doing karaoke. Maybe the photo is misleading..

    Posted by: john | Jan 3, 2014 9:10:38 PM

  3. It should be KTLA, not KLTA. The Twitter link is incorrect too. It should be:

    Don't send your angry tweets to the wrong place!

    Posted by: Nicholas | Jan 3, 2014 9:14:27 PM

  4. The picture here is NOT of the actual wedding. The guys were dressed and the minister was in a robe. This is not the first couple to marry on a Rose Parade Float--just the first same-sex couple. And, as the theme for the parade was Dreams Do Come True, it is very appropriate for the first parade after gay Californians Dream could come true.

    And I've met one of these guys. A sweeter, non-attention-grabbing guy isn't out there. For the haters out there: How would you feel if you knew these guys? Have a heart!

    Posted by: Christopher | Jan 3, 2014 9:18:14 PM

  5. I apologise and stand corrected - thanks Christopher.

    Posted by: john | Jan 3, 2014 9:21:27 PM

  6. @REALITY CHECK: Television thrives on tacky, attention-whore displays. That's not a reason they'd look away from it, it's a reason they'd tape it in glorious hi-def with surround sound and broadcast it in slo mo instant replay around the clock.

    Posted by: Vint | Jan 3, 2014 9:25:10 PM

  7. Los Angeles station KTLA did not go to silence about the AHF float. In fact, they featured it and congratulated the two men who had just been married.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 3, 2014 9:47:43 PM

  8. We watched the KTLA TV broadcast here in LA. Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards were the hosts from their location in the broadcast booth. They occasionally tossed to Micah Ohlman down on the parade route. One of these tosses occurred when the AIDS Healthcare float went by. KTLA showed the float and the couple. Micah was effusive in his praise of both. Add to this, the Rose Parade Organizing Committee was steadfast from the get-go that a same-sex wedding was a splendid depiction of parade theme of "Dreams Come True." If the KTLA radio broadcast didn't have Micah's audio, it was probably the result of a technical glitch. Also, the KTLA broadcast is the premier feed for rebroadcast around the world. So if the AIDS Healthcare float was cut, this was a local decision --- not a KTLA decision.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 3, 2014 9:51:03 PM

  9. Good to know Jay and Paul. Thanks for the updates!

    Posted by: Nicholas | Jan 3, 2014 9:54:30 PM

  10. Good for those stations that cut away from this tacky, degrading mockery of marriage. I am also glad that a lot less people got to see a crass presentation of a same-sex marriage that could have swayed more people to be against same-sex marriage. Negative representations should be quashed, not showcased.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 3, 2014 10:07:44 PM

  11. I was watching streaming online and they didn't cut away and the hosts talked about it being a gay couple getting married.

    Posted by: Marlin | Jan 3, 2014 10:13:06 PM

  12. Die in a fire Jake.


    Posted by: Polyboy | Jan 3, 2014 10:17:43 PM

  13. wow, Polyboy, such venom and hatred. I bet you claim to be an advocate for tolerance.

    Posted by: Jake | Jan 3, 2014 10:21:36 PM

  14. Thanks for the perspective Christopher.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jan 3, 2014 10:29:10 PM

  15. I watched and recorded KTLA's broadcast and so how does....
    Micah Ohlman: "Take a look at this spectacular wedding cake introducing love is the best protection from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. They are the winner of the Isabella Coleman Award as you mentioned Steph for best presentation of color and color harmony though floral use. So as the folks at the foundation started to think about 'what dreams come true' means to them Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair's story took center stage. Aubrey and Danny have been together for over a decade and this morning their relationship becomes legally recognized in the state of California by way of a Rose Parade ceremony, and you may have caught the white doves being released, they were released just as they came around the corner onto Colorado Blvd. This floral display, every groom or brides dream, roses of creme de la cream, white, green, red coral, peach and orange enhanced with tulips, orchids, amaryllis, hydrangeas and vines of curly willow. Congratulations and our best wishes to Aubrey and Danny on their wedding day."...
    from KTLA constitute "went to silence"?

    Please Mr. Walters get your facts right!!

    Posted by: david | Jan 3, 2014 11:03:02 PM

  16. I thought NBC not only showed the float but Al Roker sent his best wishes on air to the married couple.

    At least NBC did not do like ABC and swoon over eHarmony's float AND interview the eHarmony bigoted owner.

    Posted by: Bobby | Jan 3, 2014 11:04:27 PM

  17. I was anticipateing the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Float and purposely watched HGTV due to the live, no commercial broadcast. I was a bit annoyed that HGTV cut away so quickly, without describing the float, what it was made of, etc., as they had been doing with the other floats. Kudos to the female host who mentioned the guys were "about to tie the knot" or "say their I do's", I don't remember exactly what she said, but she got it in there before the cut away. Ironically, the two male hosts, The Property Brothers, were conspicuously silent.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Jan 3, 2014 11:43:58 PM

  18. @ Bobby: You're right, NBC didn't cut away in NY, either. Maybe it depended on the TV market?

    Posted by: Rich F. | Jan 4, 2014 12:04:26 AM

  19. @Christopher: "A sweeter, non-attention-grabbing guy isn't out there."

    This is shown to be untrue by the fact that he got married on a float during the damn Rose Bowl Parade.

    Pure tack. Almost to the point of parody.

    Posted by: Reality Check | Jan 4, 2014 12:28:08 AM

  20. Are we supposed to be surprised? Homophobia is as American as a slice of moldy apple pie.

    Posted by: Kieran | Jan 4, 2014 12:31:43 AM

  21. I watched it on NBC and they DID NOT cut away! They congratulated the "couples" on the float. They didn't specifically mention that the couple on the float were getting married and that they were a same sex couple but they didn't cut away.

    Knowing this fact I have to question the entire claim of this post.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jan 4, 2014 12:54:48 AM

  22. Another factor is that toward the end of the parade, where the AHF float was located, they were clearly well behind schedule to get the entire parade in during the allocated two hours. A factor in this was that this year, some of the entries stopped and did a show --- stopping being the death of a good parade. Which then stole time from the end of the parade. Bob and Stephanie commented how quickly everyone was moving and were struggling themselves to keep up. So some entries slipped past with barely a mention. KTLA's Olhman spoke like a sprinter, and got it all in. No doubt in part because they'd tossed to him, and these were the lines he'd been given to deliver. Whilst the other announcers had responsibility for both before and after --- and without a moment to consider, had to decide what to skip. ". . . congratulations to the happy couple . . . and here's a marching band that's traveled all the way from . . . "

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 4, 2014 12:54:58 AM

  23. What a bitchfest this thread is.
    Congratulations to the guys. I don't watch network television, so I guess I didn't miss anything. HGTV (Happy Gay Tranny Vision) is being ridiculous.

    Jake: When you fart, does your butthole drip with tears from your eyes?

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 4, 2014 2:00:50 AM

  24. So it seems like the story is pretty much made up, complete with wrong names and email addresses for people to complain to. Which is a good thing, because it seems like nobody did anything wrong. I know if I were running towleroad I'd take it down and start over, but this site seems almost proud of the many mistakes they constantly make and the many disgusting commenters the site attracts.

    Posted by: Brian1 | Jan 4, 2014 2:29:18 AM

  25. HGTV did not cut away - they were broadcasting the KTLA commentary by Bob Eubanks and Stephanie Edwards. The float was clearly shown and they offered their congratulations to the two men.

    Posted by: Tony | Jan 4, 2014 3:08:27 AM

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