Gay Couple Marries in Rose Parade: TV Networks Refuse to Show Wedding
A gay Los Angeles–based couple added more color and diversity to the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena when the two exchanged wedding vows while atop a large flower-decorated float. The couple, Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, works as hairdressers and have been dating for 12 years. Their vow exchange marks the first same-sex marriage in the parade’s 125-year history. Their marriage was meant to symbolize more than just the start of legal gay and lesbian marriages in the state. Sponsored by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the float was meant “…to celebrate same-sex marriage and the role it can play in helping to reduce new HIV infections among gay men,” a spokesperson said.
While the moment may have been historic, apparently it wasn’t seen as important enough to show on television. Twitter users quickly pointed out that major networks like ABC, NBC, HGTV, and KTLA chose to either not show the float at all or showed it with no commentary, according to Pink News.