By Lucas Grindley
Originally published on Advocate.com December 30 2013 10:00 AM ET
Two men who will be married on a Rose Parade float on New Year's Day have predictably attracted jeers from some calling for a boycott.
The Los Angeles Times reports that a Facebook group calling for skipping the parade has more than 1,600 backers. And antigay comments are being posted to the Rose Parade's own Facebook page, according to the Times:
“I am a 79 year old Los Angeles native and have not missed a parade since I was about 4 years old. I have watched my LAST one due to your decision to allow this unbiblical, gay marriage to take place on one of your floats,” one man wrote.
“2 gay men in a ‘wedding’ ceremony is highly offensive to me and millions of Americans,” one wrote. “I can't think of many things LESS appropriate for families and especially children. It's completely the wrong venue for a stunt like this.”
Meanwhile, the Good as You blog points out that on the national front, the American Family Association's Bryan Fischer tweeted, "Why we don't talk about Big Murder and Big Adultery: nobody is celebrating murder or adultery on a Rose Parade float."
The complaints started because a float from the AIDS Healthcare Foundation will feature the wedding of Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, who will be real-life wedding cake toppers. The theme of this year's parade is “Dreams Come True,” and this is the year that Proposition 8 was struck down by the Supreme Court and couples in California — where the Rose Parade is held — are once again legally able to wed.
Another high-profile holiday parade, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, became the subject of right-wing scorn when the cast of Tony-Award-winning Kinky Boots performed in drag earlier this year. But Macy's stood by the performance, as has the Pasadena Tournament of Rose.