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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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Carl Weisinger January 01 2014 at 4:55 PM

Thud ! We needed ANY marriage at the parade?

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suzdro54 January 01 2014 at 5:26 PM

They don't want the right to "love each other", they want the right to stick their tongues down each others throat in public. Like I'd tell my heterosexual friends if they did that...get a hotel room!

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clara95m January 01 2014 at 4:16 PM


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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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jensenge January 01 2014 at 5:10 PM

These two men actually just got paper legality in a "Hollyweird" state that is supposed to bolster their delusion of having gotten married. The only one more deluded is the "Rev." Alfreda, who has no understanding or respect for the clear teaching of the Bible!

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filmnd January 01 2014 at 4:56 PM

What does a parade have to do with any marriage, gay or not? Its a friggen parade! If you want to watch two people get married - go to church. I want clowns, and marching bands and all the stuff parades are supposed to be. What's next - a parade of caskets and last rights?

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flip33732 filmnd January 01 2014 at 4:58 PM

You had the clowns,and they got married to boot.

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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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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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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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Snipe714 January 01 2014 at 5:13 PM

Things will never be the same

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Steve Snipe714 January 01 2014 at 5:19 PM

Nope. Name a time that they did. Change is always for the better.

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