The Pasadena Star News, the California hometown newspaper of the 125-year-old Tournament of Roses Parade, reported that two homosexuals, identified as Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, will stage a same-sex “wedding” ceremony “atop a giant wedding cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.”
The paper recalled that the “first-ever live wedding during the annual Rose Parade took place in 1989. It was called the 'most widely witnessed wedding in American history'” — and, of course, back then it was a legitimate marriage of a man and a woman.
Not so this year, however, as this time around two gay men “will take their vows before the nearly 500,000 people who will line Colorado Boulevard on January 1 and millions of television viewers watching around the globe.”
The publicity stunt comes on the heels of the Supreme Court's June ruling that made same-sex “marriage” legal in California, and the two homosexual men are excited about “standing on the shoulders of thousands of men and women who came before us in this fight for marriage equality,” Leclair told the Pasadena paper. “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.”
The two gay beaus will not be alone as they preen for gawking observers along the Rose Parade route. “Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer, a lesbian couple together for 42 years, will also join Leclair and Loots on the float,” reported the Huffington Post. “Raphael and Meyer were legally married in California in 2008 prior to the passage of Proposition 8” — the amendment to California's constitution that defined marriage as only between a man and a woman, before being shot down by the High Court.
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Photo of the Jan. 1, 2013 Rose Parade: AP Images