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California woman upset over gay wedding float: Calls for boycott of Rose Parade

On Saturday, December 28th, 2013

A California woman is calling for a boycott of the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade because of one particular float. As CBS Los Angeles reports on Dec. 27, Karen Grube, of San Diego, is not happy with plans of a same-sex wedding float featuring the marriage of two men atop the float.

Rose BowlThe parade will be the first since the historic Supreme Court rulings, which immediately led to gay marriage resuming in the state of California and having the float apart of the parade is a dream come true for gay couples in the state. Ironically, the float will be apart of the Tournament’s “Dream Come True” theme, featuring Aubrey Loots, 42, and Danny Leclair, 45, a gay male couple who will be getting married after dating for over a decade.

But their happy day is frowned upon by Grube who sites the illegality of gay marriage in over 30 states as a reason for a boycott. She created a Facebook page in which she called on supporters not to attend or watch the parade. She also called on major sponsors, which include Hallmark and the LA Times to pull their support from the parade. In a statement to the Pasadena Star News she says:

“Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal? That’s just stupid.”

She also made it clear that her call for a boycott is not about religion, but about maintaining tradition. But sometimes with change come new traditions. Leclair, who will finally be able to marry the man of his dreams, is happy to be apart of that recognition of change and equality. He says:

“Having my relationship recognized legally is already a dream come true. 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.”

And that is the soul purpose of the theme – to show that dreams are possible. Rose Parade officials have responded to Grube’s boycott request, stating that the float will still be apart of parade on Jan. 1. They said in a statement:

“Like all of our sponsors and float designers, AHF continues to help make the Rose Parade a premier event through original and creative expressions that connect to parade themes – as this float does.”

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