A Gay Wedding on a Rose Parade Float-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
Reactions have gone viral on the Internet with rumors of a Gay Wedding on a float featured in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade.
There will be a float hosting a real wedding between two homosexual men in the 2014 Rose Parade and it is drawing a lot of criticism. This according to a December 31, 2013 article by the Los Angeles Times.
The article said that the proposed same sex wedding on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s float prompted many to post complaints on the Facebook page of the organization, “calling the wedding ‘unbiblical’ and ‘highly offensive.'”
The example of the eRumor that we received also came from a real article that is circulating the Internet, which we found posted on the Pasadena Star News on December 26, 2013. The conservative World Net Daily featured the article on their site, which probably resulted in a viral circulation.
A San Diego woman Thursday called for a boycott of the Rose Parade because two Los Angeles men will be married atop a float themed “Love is the Best Protection.” The cake-shaped float is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and is the group’s third entry in the New Year’s parade.
Karen Grube, of San Diego, said the Tournament of Roses should remove the AHF float from the parade. She has also called on corporate sponsors to remove their support of the parade if the wedding goes on as planned. And, she has set up a Facebook page seeking support for her cause.
“Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal?” Grube said. “That’s just stupid.”
The 2014 Rose Parade is the first where gay marriage has been legal in California, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Grube 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.
Ralph E. Shaffer, a professor emeritus of history at Cal Poly Pomona, had a different opinion.
He said the wedding is an “in your face” act that might only harden people’s views towards gays.
“The problem is going to be the wedding kiss,” Shaffer said, adding that the couple will likely kiss several times during the parade as would be expected for a couple on their wedding day. “I don’t know what the response is going to be,” he said.
AHF President Michael Weinstein said the boycotters should respect, “the law of the land” and denied the non-profit organization was making a political statement.
“There are as many opinions in the world as there are people, but our motivation is to validate the love that exists between same-sex couples and what we believe is the importance of validating these relationships in terms of protecting, particularly gay men from HIV and other STDs,” he said. “We think the more we promote stable, long-term relationships, the better it will be.”
In a prepared statement, TofR officials said they welcomed the entry — and the wedding.
“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,” the statement read.
Grube said her call for a parade boycott has nothing to with religious convictions.
She said she does not agree with having any marriage — gay or straight — celebrated during the parade.
In recent days several area residents have expressed similar sentiments. Michael E. Thornton, a retired disabled veteran, said he will not be watching due to religious beliefs.
“Celebrating this ungodly activity is repugnant to me spiritually and I will not support this practice financially by viewing the parade,” he wrote in an email to this newspaper.