Rose Parade hosts first gay wedding

Wed. January 1, 2014 8:47 PM by

Pasadena, CA - Two men married atop a float during Wednesday's 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.

The wedding went off without a hitch, despite protests from social conservatives.

Danny Leclair, 45, and Aubrey Loots, 42, of Los Angeles exchanged vows on the float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). Spectators cheered and white doves were released after the Rev. Alfreda "Freda" Lanoix pronounced the couple married.

After a lengthy court battle, same-sex marriage returned to California in June.

The decision to include a gay wedding for the first time in the Rose Parade's 125 year history prompted one San Diego woman to organize a boycott of the parade on Facebook.

"Now gay activists want to destroy the Rose Parade by performing a Gay Wedding on one of the floats," the group Boycott the 2014 Rose Parade said on Facebook.

"I guess that's what they mean by 'Dreams come True' or is it nightmares?" the group added, a reference to the parade's theme.

Appearing on CNN's Newsroom, the couple addressed the controversy.

"You know everyone's entitled to their opinion," Loots said. "So far, for every one negative or hateful review or posting that we've seen, there's been 2 to 3 positive. ...We're getting so much love and support from around the world, actually. So, it's very exciting."

AHF's float won the tournament's Isabella Coleman Award for "best presentation of color and color harmony through floral use."

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