NBC announced on
Wednesday that gay and lesbian couples would be allowed to
enter a wedding contest on the Today show, revising
its initial criteria that said all couples must consist of
"a male and a female." NBC publicist Lauren Kapp told the
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation that the
submission criteria for "Today Throws a Hometown Wedding"
had been changed and as of Thursday the rules, available on
the NBC Web site, had been updated to specify "currently
engaged couples," omitting the one male and one female clause.
"Fairness, inclusion, and equal opportunity are core
American values, and NBC's decision to open Today's
wedding series to gay and lesbian couples is an important
affirmation of those values," said GLAAD director of media
programs and communications Glennda Testone. "By accepting
eligible same-sex couples into one of its flagship programs,
NBC--like the more than 500 newspapers across America that
now accept gay and lesbian wedding announcements--is
reflecting the reality of the world around us."