December 29, 2013 at 2:24 pm EST | by Staff reports
Rose Parade gay wedding inspires controversy
An Orange Grove float in the 2009 Rose Parade. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

An Orange Grove float in the 2009 Rose Parade. (Photo courtesy Wikimedia)

A planned float in the Rose Parade that is slated to feature the theme “Love is the Best Protection” and atop which two Los Angeles men plan to get married on New Year’s Day has inspired controversy, the Pasadena Star News reports.

Because of the cake-shaped float sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, a San Diego woman is calling for a boycott, the Star News said.

“Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states,” the paper quoted Karen Grube as having said. “Why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal? That’s just stupid.”

She also lamented what she called a “political agenda” in the parade.

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

Danny Leclair plans to marry his long-time partner Aubrey Loots, the paper reports. About 68 million are expected to see it on TV. As same-sex marriage is now legal in California, AHF President Michael Weinstein said he hopes boycotters will respect “the law of the land.”

Tournament of Roses officials said they welcome the entry and the wedding.

The Pasadena Star News has more here.

  • Emily Anne

    “Support the 2014 Rose Parade. Tell them YES to marriage equality.
    Send a message to their sponsors that we support equality and inclusion”-
    Facebook page supporting the Rose Parade is up at
    Currently has over 500 likes, wouldn’t it be great if the numbers soared? To show that the majority of people value equality and love over prejudice, hate, ignorence, and fear.

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