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125th Rose Parade hosts its first same-sex wedding

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Standing atop a giant wedding cake float, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair exchanged vows New Year's Day in the first same-sex marriage during the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Throngs of spectators cheered as the men, dressed in dark suits, faced each other and held hands before the Rev. Alfreda Lanoix, who officiated the ceremony aboard the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float.

Days earlier, a San Diego woman launched a Facebook page urging people to boycott the 125th Rose Parade after learning of the couple's plans. But some like Jennifer Adair, who cheered along with her girlfriend, lined the streets just for this moment.

"We're a modern-day society, so accept it. Don't worry about what other people do," Adair told the Los Angeles Times.

The Pasadena Tournament of Roses, which puts on the parade, had said the float represents this year's parade theme, "Dreams Come True."

Kevin Ferguson, who watched the couple pass by, said he supported their move despite opposition by some.

"You can't put a timetable on another person's freedom," Ferguson told the Times.

Loots and Leclair, who met across a crowded dance floor 12 years ago, own a small chain of hair salons. Their wedding came toward the end of the two-hour parade festivities.

Los Angeles Dodgers longtime broadcaster Vin Scully, the parade's grand marshal, kicked off the show after six F-16s from the Air Force's Thunderbirds roared overhead.

"Instead of me throwing out the first pitch, let's start the parade," said Scully, who will toss the kickoff coin at the Rose Bowl match between Stanford and Michigan State.

One by one, flowered floats, exotic equestrians and brass bands marched along the 5 ½-mile route.

A heavy police presence ringed this year's revelry in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. More than 1,100 officers patrolled the crowd. Bomb-sniffing dogs and a wide range of video surveillance also were used to detect suspicious behavior. No major incidents were reported.

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autumnskies1977 January 01 2014 at 5:10 PM

ok kids in todays human anatomy lesson we will discuss the anus and the vagina. Can anyone tell me what makes them different, or better said does anyone think they're different?

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max.bwerger autumnskies1977 January 01 2014 at 5:15 PM

if you do not know the difference between a vagina and an anus, ask a gynecologist and a proctologist about this subject !!!!!!

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kyllonenhem January 01 2014 at 4:51 PM

geez, i don't want to see anyone get married on the parade,don't care if you think it would be 'really neat.'

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Linda January 01 2014 at 6:53 PM

Maranatha.

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qangel54 January 01 2014 at 4:50 PM

Noting new in the world wait to they start marring trees and brick walls.
Let them do what ever they like one day they will have there day in court.

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Larry Kincade January 02 2014 at 3:55 AM

Parade was not watched due to this!

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latinguytony Larry Kincade January 02 2014 at 4:26 AM

Are you the TV stations to 'know ' this ? No your not. Did you take a Nielson poll about this telecast ? NO you did NOT. This as a matter of fact was one of the most watched Parades EVER get it ? NO you don't . Go rot..

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alpainter28 January 01 2014 at 9:57 PM

Was this ever done with a straight couple?

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FlyerHockeyPride alpainter28 January 01 2014 at 11:26 PM

Doubtful, alpainter28, a straight couple kissing like this isn't news, but this sick crap IS news unfortunately...this is LIBERAL AMERICA...you know, the one you liberal douchebags voted in that Muslim scumbag in TWICE? :-/

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DADDYO January 02 2014 at 3:26 AM

Stunts like this just divide America more and more. Cramming your beliefs down people's throats is likely to get an immediate and negative response. No class or thought by these two clowns or the AIDS organization that thought up this showboat idea. Here is a unique thought: Heterosexuals suffer from the HIV virus.

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latinguytony DADDYO January 02 2014 at 4:34 AM

And comments like yours lower the populations TOTAL IQ. What does kanye and kim kardassnot do all the time when they 'show off' what they DO together etc. Or every damn story in the news about who in hollywood is dating who ? Talk about no class. Here' s unique thought educate yourself ......

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bds6543 January 01 2014 at 8:33 PM

This is uncalled for and disgusting. Do heteros get in a parade and "marry"? Just how inane is this, and noone wants to see this and this is just "IN YOUR FACE"--and we will MAKE you like it.. and offend you and show you we can do it! Keep your stuff private and sacred.. not flaunt it on a parade float!!

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Steve bds6543 January 01 2014 at 8:42 PM

Poor baby-can't get that picture out of your mind of what two men do in the bedroom, can you? Why do you even know what's done? You want to watch , right?

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potmind Steve January 01 2014 at 8:54 PM

Hey! I get a cut for the tickets sale.

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CABEZON Steve January 01 2014 at 9:50 PM

The next two mentions are in Leviticus


You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination. (NKJ, Leviticus 18:22)

If a man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them. (NKJ, Leviticus 20:13)

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zorro205 January 01 2014 at 4:35 PM

does all stright people have to infiltrrate everything American????????????????????

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Carl Weisinger January 01 2014 at 4:55 PM

Thud ! We needed ANY marriage at the parade?

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