Rose Parade 2014 gay wedding float triggers boycott

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After the Rose Parade announced a float on which a gay couple will marry, a Facebook group formed to incite a boycott against the Pasadena event. The "Boycott the Rose Parade" page is quite serious in trying to shut down the New Year's event.

The mission statement of the Facebook group makes its defined purpose clear:

"The Rose Parade shouldn't be used by gay activists to promote the gay agenda, and a rose parade float is no place to flagrantly display a gay wedding. But I guess they think they can pervert this year's theme 'Dreams Come True,' to allow this disgusting exhibition. Tell them NO! Tell their sponsors NO. Tell them you will boycott the parade by not watching or attending, and that you will NEVER watch or be part of it again."

Why does the group think that the float is such a problem? The excuse used points to the fact that gay marriage is not legal in every state (even if it is allowed in the parade's home of California):

"Gay 'marriage' is still illegal in over 30 states. Why would the Tournament of Roses promote something illegal like that? Pot smoking is legal in some states too, and some even claim it has medical benefits. What's next for the Rose Parade? A float touting the benefits of smoking pot - with people actually smoking pot as it crawls down the parade route? This is just ridiculous and need to be stopped immediately."

Unfortunately for the Facebook group, there's a chance such a float may show up some day, but public pot smoking is still not acceptable on the parade route.

The float at the center of the controversy will feature a couple of 12 years, Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair of Los Angeles. They will formalize their relationship during the parade on a wedding cake-shaped float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. According to ABCNews.com, the men won a contest for the honor of being in the Rose Parade.

Will the boycott make any difference to the parade or its sponsors? It's hard to say, but it doesn't seem too likely -- as of this writing, only 324 people supported the boycott page.

The 125th Rose Parade will be televised live Jan. 1, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m. PT.
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