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Gay Couple Plans to Get Married Atop Float During Rose Parade in Pasadena

The float is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

By City News Service

The 2013 Rose Parade was the first to feature a couple getting married on a float during the procession, but the AIDS Healthcare Foundation announced Tuesday it will sponsor the first same-sex union aboard a float in next month's parade.

AHF officials said the wedding aligns perfectly with the parade's theme of "Dreams Come True."

Danny Leclair and Aubrey Loots, of Los Angeles, will exchange vows aboard the AHF float on Jan. 1. The ceremony will also serve to spread the organization's message that "Love is the Best Protection," contending that marriage plays a role in reducing HIV infections among gay men.

Loots, 42, and Leclair, 45, own Studio DNA Salons, a three-outlet chain of hair salons in the Los Angeles area. Loots is originally from South Africa, while Leclair is from Canada, according to AHF.

"Having my relationship recognized legally is already a dream come true," Leclair said. "To be able to declare my love to the world at large in hopes of inspiring others to live proudly and authentically is an enormous honor."

AHF officials said the couple will be joined on the float by Sharon Raphael and Mina Meyer, a lesbian couple who have been together for 42 years and were married in California in 2008.

"Today, as wedding bells ring for more and more gay and lesbian Americans like Aubrey and Danny and Mina and Sharon, AIDS Healthcare Foundation's 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade float is proud to honor and celebrate those 'Living the Dream,' confident in the knowledge that love is indeed the best protection," AHF President Michael Weinstein said.

During the 2013 parade, a couple from Virginia -- Nicole and Gerald -- were married aboard Farmers Insurance's "The Love Float," in what Farmer's officials said was the first wedding to be performed during the Rose Parade. The couple won a nationwide contest to have their wedding aboard the float.

Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger December 17, 2013 at 11:14 PM
What if they are not gay when the parade starts? Is their a backup? No one is happy every single moment of every day. Many people are hung-over from new years eve! I don't think I ever woke up gay New years morning at 6 A.M.!!!
delgadodeborah9 December 20, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Do good familys and children really need to see such things ? Do they really have to make a horse an pony show out of it.
MtnManMike December 20, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Please define "Good Families"...
rubberband December 20, 2013 at 02:49 PM
MtnManMike: No. Only bad families should be watching for such things as this...wait, wut? LOL. (I am gonna guess this will not be answered to your satisfaction, Sir...just a feeling...) And Fortified Buzz Man, DUDE YOU ARE SO GAY...happy gay, after a run...you GLOW Bro...YOU GLOW. (Happy Merry whatever My Friend, if I don't shout out you before 25th!.../hands you a mug of my famous egg nog...CHEERS!)
rubberband December 20, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Oh wait....maybe we should shield our eyes from people happy to have the same rights both in living and in death that everyone else has had. Or, we could keep denying that people are PEOPLE, no matter what you call them, and we all seem to want the same things...love, joy, respect, and liberty to pursue happiness.....Is it a "dog and pony show" (I am certain that's what Deborah meant) if the couple a top the float was straight? Or if one of them were an injured veteran? Or if it was a bi-racial couple joyfully thanking Nelson Mandela posthumously for their ability to proudly proclaim their love? LOVE means NOT HATE and not fighting and killing and hurting. LOVE. Look...If it isn't taking away YOUR rights, do something else and look away or something. Better yet, open up and listen to someone else tell you about themselves, their lives...try some empathy.... Born that way, Baby. BORN THAT WAY. Gay, straight, whoever is pretty much welcome at my table....just no marathon runners.......... hate those guys......JUST KIDDING!
delgadodeborah9 December 21, 2013 at 12:42 AM
why does it only make news when gays want to get married on a float. It wouldnt make news if a man an women did as god intended.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger December 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
Because dog bites man--no story. Man bites dog--story.--------- Around 1982: Michael Jackson--The English talk show host on KABC 790AM
rubberband December 21, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Because it might be FABULOUS and there will be super colorful PAGEANTRY and MILLIONS of dollars spent on flowers that people painstakingly stick to motorized carts that millions of people will tune in to watch roll down a street where many thousands of people have frozen their buns off because they actually think it's REALLY cold because they don't know what REAL cold is...And I call Christmas Troll on some of the posters...and give you a mug of gay egg nog...What would Jesus do? Not sure, but if what I understood was correct, he'd be O.K. with FABULOUS.
rubberband December 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM
...and like egg nog. I am certain Jesus would like my egg nog. It's amazing. Black, white, gay, straight, female, and even transgender folks like my egg nog. The only people who don't like it are people that take up two parking spaces at Target during holiday shopping rush...THOSE people will surely suffer something horrific and don't DESERVE my egg nog. A pox on them.
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger December 21, 2013 at 06:08 PM
Rubbers...Read your comments over on the war on xmas blog. Sure sounds like you woke up gay, and drunk...or you haven't gone to bed yet. It kinda reminds me of me in the early eighties. WAIT!! That's it! The couple that are getting married on the rose parade float.......Give them booz to make sure they are real gay when the parade starts
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger December 21, 2013 at 06:24 PM
That xmas blog is a bit noisy, and no one is listening today. I might think about xmas shopping early this year....sometime BEFORE noon xmas eve. If you see a light tonight, far up the hills slowly moving along, it"s not Santa. It's me doing my 15 mile xmas/new year reflection hike. You mentioned something about...I think it's called gopro camera. Good idea.I'm going to hook up video one of these days, and live stream a hike just for the heck of it. The bears are sleeping now. Only a few lions. The real danger is looking at your iphone in the dark on a trail...been there, done that, almost didn't come back.....three times.
rubberband December 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM
Gopro just went to the Spartan run in Malibu, and did great...friend and sibling did it with their Gopros and got an awesome result. Might do the Zombie run with them in March...looks like a blast. We'll see if I am any good by then...so...anyway... Buzz go buy a Gopro for yourself this xmas/Kwanza/whatever and don't declare war on anyone, unless you film it with your Gopro and post it. Seriously, have an excellent holiday and keep your eyes on the trail!
delgadodeborah9 December 31, 2013 at 06:03 PM
If they let gays get married this year how are they going to top that next year . kim an kanye getting married for another one on kims 72 hours of glory. ok be gay but do we all have to know an see it. familys take there children. what do they tell them god was wrong
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger December 31, 2013 at 06:43 PM
delgadodeborah: "If they let gays get married this year how are they going to top that next year"? ANSWER: --- http://enzaferreri.blogspot.com/2012/09/trio-married-in-brazil.html#axzz2p6BkvHML
rubberband January 01, 2014 at 12:07 AM
delgadodeborah9 -..../face palm....or maybe it's face psalm for you......Tell them whatever you were gonna tell them, I guess. I can hope that they hear everything and make up their own minds.....
RCQinSD January 01, 2014 at 02:42 AM
Yes, tell then anything. After all - in the world of rubber bands there are not absolutes. Everything can be bent, twisted, distorted ... and if you are persistent enough right can be wrong, black white, day night. And the kids - hey! They are pliable! Get to them early enough and they can be programmed to believe ANYTHING ... even that homosexuality is 'gay'. Sure ... a rare few may actually dig into the statistics and figure out it's a bottomless pit of misery, loneliness, despair, self hatred. But most will just suck down the propaganda and get pumped out the other end perverse and unhappy as any homosexual ever was. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
Fortified- AKA Carlos Danger January 02, 2014 at 12:37 AM
The bill is crazy if I understand it correctly. The bill here------- ----- http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201320140AB1266 -------- --states that any one of any gender can play any sport. So if a guy wants to play volleyball, he can do that AS A GUY...it does not specify transgender. That would mean that their would be no separate boys volleyball, and girls. Two things would happen. Say bye, bye to almost all girls in any sport. 2) their would be no need for title nine since everyone is "equal". CAN ANYONE TELL ME WHY THAT IS NOT THE CASE? I hope I am wrong. If not, that means that every single kid, and their families are forever changed. Every single girl has to compete with every guy to compete in any sport. And the dumbest of all. The world as we know it changes, at the expense of all, so a handful "feels included while being confused. Ultimate....ULTIMATE STUPIDITY.....(IF THAT IS THE LAW) if.....
rubberband January 02, 2014 at 11:53 AM
Nope. You understand the law mostly as it was written. Largely this bill was written to enable girls to enter and have rights in typically male dominated venues (science, math, engineering) it includes physical activities and sports.... and RIGHT Now there is a study being done at Monrovia after school programs to gather data on whether teachers/staff treat minority female kids differently than white males. I do not offer my opinion at this time, just offer some info.
Liz January 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM
They kept it G rated. What's the problem? If you go back one year you will see that a man and woman did get married on the State Farm float in 2013. We don't walk in their shoes, I don't walk in your shoes, let everyone have their happiness in life.
rubberband January 07, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Right on, Sister...I watched the Rose Parade and the couple getting married looked like happy people standing on a bunch of moving flowers......one day perhaps it will be just considered normal and not news worthy or draw so much hatred and anger...nothing was "shoved in my face"........and it just seems weird to me that someone might be SO very upset about this issue, enough to attack another person they've never met, and make sweeping generalizations about them/me/whomever..."After all - in the world of rubber bands there are not absolutes. Everything can be bent, twisted, distorted....." I've bent nor twisted no-thing. And trust, it is truly no-thing......and my moniker Rubberband clearly means something different to different people. Who cares what it really might mean? No one, it's no-thing.
Kim Miller January 10, 2014 at 11:47 PM
Are you absolutely sure there is no such thing as a absolute ? There is no such thing as gay marriage , marriage has been defined previously. This is merely a social engagement renamed out of political correctness.

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