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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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jrdolphin January 02 2014 at 7:24 PM

That was done in poor taste.

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Cuddles January 02 2014 at 4:59 PM

GROSSSSSSSS

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campbell1221 January 02 2014 at 1:58 PM

Why do they have to flaunt this immoral behavior. People that wanted to boycott this parade should have done it not just talk about it.

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l January 02 2014 at 7:47 AM

No one cares about gays getting married during Rose Parade. There is more important news then that.

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rkbup January 02 2014 at 5:30 AM

Yep, and Suicide bombers are modern day......like them or think they're OK/right as well? Want to legalize them too; say in your favorite social spot. Or aren't things really way out of hand....whether we like it or not....And please keep you apples/oranges.

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Jim January 02 2014 at 5:17 AM

Who am I to judge and who's to say it's not all part of God's inscrutable plan, mythology notwithstanding. Happiness and life are to be celebrated. To life.

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campbell1221 January 02 2014 at 2:02 PM

Maybe it's natures way of cutting down on over population. Unfortunately it's not working.

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mchlwalk January 02 2014 at 5:04 AM

makes me want to puke. how many male alligators at the zoo do you see humping on each other. or the snakes, or monkeys..........the answer is NONE. why? Because its not natural;, two, its immoral, three.....what will a child brought up in that environment be like? wont stand a chance at being normal for sure. and...what about the AIDS thing? yeah...answer those questions, those of you" got to have what I want at any cost" perverts.

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klee1701 January 03 2014 at 8:54 AM

That is a whole big pile of stupid there.

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American 1st January 02 2014 at 4:57 AM

SICKENING! How can normal people live in Kalifornia?

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klee1701 January 03 2014 at 8:56 AM

What I find truly sickening is the vile hatred and bigotry that so-called christians exhibit towards people that they don't even know

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Merenda January 04 2014 at 10:03 PM

Really? Just like the visceral hatred for any of us for being Christian? For having OUR beliefs. For us NOT bowing down to others for theirs, yet WE are the bad guy? We are the one's that have so much more hatred and attacking thrown our way for us believing in God. I don't tell you how to live, and YOU will NOT tell ME how t olive. But, I will NOT have it shoved down my throat and forced upon me. And, You know me or ANY other Christian to be allowed to do that? I'm so glad you see it as a one way street on the idea of freedom. Hypocrite!

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Merenda January 04 2014 at 9:59 PM

Trust me its very hard when this crap is shoved on us every day! Its amazing how WE aren't allowed to have our thoughts and values, being called names and discriminators for not agreeing with them. Though, if we would agree to their way, it will still not be good enough. These people say l
ive and let live, that's ONLY so long as you abide by ALL of their ways. Bull!

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jesse1carrillo January 02 2014 at 4:43 AM

Love and be loved

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l January 02 2014 at 4:31 AM

I dont like the news media being paid to adore kim or miley cyrus or jennifer annistan. they pay the money to keep them in our faces so post that and you wont. They al pay there promoters in our faces. at the grocery store and I dont want to see them. aol I guess that makes there money. yukkkk

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