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04/19/2007


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

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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."


Glee's Dot-Marie Jones Marries Longtime Girlfriend

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Dot-Marie Jones (right), known for her role as Coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, exchanged vows with her longtime girlfriend Bridgett Casteen at their Los Angeles home Saturday, People reports:

Close friends of Jones, 49, and Casteen were invited to a holiday party at the couple's home. The duo then surprised their guests by informing them that they were actually gathered to witness their nuptials.

The couple's engagement took place back in October at Disneyland during Anaheim's Gay Days weekend. "Thank you @dotmariejones for making me the happiest woman in the world," tweeted Casteen at the time.

Congrats to the happy couple!


Same-Sex Couples Wait In Long Lines To Wed In Salt Lake City

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According to reports on Twitter and Facebook, the line is out the door for same-sex couples in Salt Lake City, Utah to officially marry and receive marriage licenses in the wake of Judge Robert J. Shelby's ruling that Utah's Amendment 3, the provision that banned gay marriage, violated the United States Constitution. Undoubtedly an emotional day for many in the Beehive state.

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(Photos via Facebook and Twitter.)

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Gay Utah Couple Has Officially Married

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It's official! Gay marriage has begun in Utah. Seth Anderson and his husband may just be the first same-sex couple to marry in the state. Anderson tweeted an image of him and his husband with their official marriage license not long ago with the caption: "Me and my new husband!! My polygamous Mormon great grandparents would be so proud!" The couple evidently caught the DA and his staff off guard as evidenced by Anderson's updates shared on Twitter.

Ultimately, the couple was able to marry despite an apparent attempt by the DA to thwart their marriage. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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(Photos via Twitter)

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Gay Proposal and Wedding Video of the Day: Jonathan and Dwayne

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You may remember Dwayne Beebe-Franqui and Jonathan Beebe-Franqui from this Department of Defense video talking about gay military benefits. Now here's an amazing and uplifting video about their proposal and wedding.

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Don't miss our other recent gay wedding and marriage proposal videos...
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Gay Marriage Proposal of the Day: IL Rep. Sam Yingling and Lowell Jaffe [tlrd]
Gay Wedding Video of the Day: Donavan and Ricardo [tlrd]

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Same-Sex Ceremonies Legalized In Vietnam But Marriages Will Not Be Recognized

Vietnam made important strides toward same-sex marriage equality this week when it legalized same-sex wedding ceremonies. Although the unions formed out of these ceremonies will not be recognized by the country as marriages, the news is welcome and exciting for the southeast Asian country. 

VietnamFree District reports:

The decision comes after two fines were imposed last year to two same-sex couples who held weddings ceremonies in Vietnam.

The couples were charged with holding a ceremony “contrary to the habits and customs of Vietnam” and violating the Law on Marriage & Family of Vietnam, which outlaws same-sex marriage, said reports.

After the law was challenged, however, the government backed down, and has decided to allow same-sex weddings.

As Towleroad previously reported, the Vietnamese government has been scheduled to look at a bill which would legalize same-sex marriages as well, but the vote, which would likely have its supporters, has been delayed. 

For now, congratulations to Vietnam and the same-sex couples who are able to have the ceremony of their dreams! 


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