A Same-Sex Couple Is Getting Married On A Float During The Tournament Of Roses Parade

Some on the internet are not happy about it: “Gay marriage is not an American tradition like the Rose Bowl.”

1. Danny LeClair, 45 and Aubrey Loots, 42, from Los Angeles, will celebrate their wedding atop a float at the historical Tournament of Roses Parade, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

The parade is held every New Year’s Day in Pasadena, Calif.

2. The Tournament of Roses Parade began in 1890. This year, the famous festival of flower-covered floats will be watched by an estimated 500,000 people and millions of television viewers.

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The Lions Club float at the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1, 2013 in Pasadena, Calif.

3. Leclair and Loots’ wedding will take place atop a huge, elaborate wedding cake-shaped float which is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. The float’s theme is “Love is the best protection.”

4. This is the first Rose Parade to take place since the Supreme Court’s ruling in June brought marriage equality to California.

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San Francisco’s 43rd annual Gay Pride parade on June 30, 2013.

5. The couple also started a social media experiment around their wedding asking people to publicly declare their love for others using the hashtag #loveexperiment during the Rose Bowl Parade.

6. The couple, who met 12 years ago at an L.A. nightclub, had a commitment ceremony 10 years ago. Leclair applied to be part of the AIDS HealthCare Foundation float at a wedding expo earlier this year.

“Love comes in many forms and should be honored and should be celebrated,” said Leclair.

7. Leclair told the Pasadena Star-News:

“One of the things we’re really excited about is we’re standing on the shoulders of thousands of men and women who came before us in this fight for marriage equality. We’re excited to be part of that story, to be able to do this because of them. We’re looking forward to honor that.”

8. However, people have started posting hateful comments about the idea of a same-sex wedding at the traditional Rose Bowl Parade.

9. On a Rose Parade’s Facebook fan page, many said they will be boycotting the popular event because of the “homosexual wedding.”

13. People also discussed the “live gay marriage” at the Rose Bowl Parade in this thread.

18. Some took to Twitter to declare their opposition to the couple’s wedding celebration.

Rose parade boycott, gay marriage on float. I don't care how you live but don't impose it on my family!

— Sara Bryant (@msbagel11)

Sara Bryant


Rose parade boycott, gay marriage on float. I don’t care how you live but don’t impose it on my family!

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Warning: Rose Parade 2014 not so rosy for family viewing Ridiculous! #gay #SSM #CA #left #sodomy #marriage #tcot

— nonsumdignus (@nonsumdignus)



Warning: Rose Parade 2014 not so rosy for family viewing Ridiculous! #gay #SSM #CA #left #sodomy #marriage #tcot

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“Gay marriage...illegal in over 30 states, why... promote something that is blatantly illegal?” #TCOT

— staRS (@rsstars)



“Gay marriage…illegal in over 30 states, why… promote something that is blatantly illegal?” #TCOT

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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