The AIDS Healthcare Foundation third entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade will feature a same-sex wedding to take place atop a float themed "Love Is The Best Protection."
Some folks are attacking the couple's First Amendment rights to exchange their vows:
Karen Grube, of San Diego, said the Tournament of Roses should remove the AHF float from the parade. She has also called on corporate sponsors to remove their support of the parade if the wedding goes on as planned. And, she has set up a Facebook page seeking support for her cause.
“Gay marriage is illegal in over 30 states, why would they promote something that is blatantly illegal?” Grube said. “That’s just stupid.”
The 2014 Rose Parade is the first where gay marriage has been legal in California, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June that deemed Proposition 8 unconstitutional.
Grube also said she didn’t think the Tournament should be involved in a group’s “political agenda.”
“It used to be a family thing, to get up on New Year’s Day morning and watch the parade,” she said. “It no longer is.”
Michael E. Thornton, a retired disabled veteran, said he will not be watching due to religious beliefs.
“Celebrating this ungodly activity is repugnant to me spiritually and I will not support this practice financially by viewing the parade,” he wrote in an email to this newspaper.
To point out the obvious, same-sex marriage is legal in California where the Tournament of Roses Parade takes place.
It will be interesting to see how many Duck Dynasty "Free Speech" warriors defend this gay couple for wanting to express their love publicly. Because, you know, the Phil Robertson support was about 'free speech' rights and not, you know, 'the gay.'