A California-based pro-family group says a homosexual "wedding" that will be promoted in the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade is reason to boycott the event.
The 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California, will feature the "wedding" of two men and will take place aboard a float sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Millions of television viewers around the world as well as the hundreds of thousands along the parade route will see Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair take wedding vows on a float that will celebrate same-sex marriage and proclaim that same-sex marriage helps reduce new HIV infections among homosexual men.
Randy Thomasson of SaveCalifornia.com laments that the 125th observance of the New Year's Day parade has left its original intent.
"[At the beginning] it was pro-family and it was about God's creation of flowers and fauna," he says, "and now look what it's become: against family values and against God's natural design of sex and family."
The theme of the AHF float – "Love is the Best Protection" – is a play on the theme of the 2014 Roses Parade, which is "Dreams Come True." Thomasson finds the whole presentation offensive.
"This is the Rose Parade in your face to offend the people; offending people with promotion of homosexuality," he says.
Loots and Leclair, who together own three Los Angeles-area hair salons, won the chance to marry at the event when they attended a same-sex wedding expo and applied for the opportunity. This is the third consecutive year the AIDS Healthcare Foundation has had a float in the parade.
Artist's depiction of the AHF float