San Diego woman calls for boycott of Rose Parade over plans for live gay wedding

Karen Grube says organizers have political agenda

SAN DIEGO - In a Tournament of Roses Parade first, two men will exchange vows live on a parade float, but a San Diego woman isn't happy about the parade's plans for the same-sex nuptials.

Karen Grube has called for a boycott of the annual Tournament of Roses parade over plans for two men to be married on top one of the parade's 46 floats on Jan. 1.

Grube told 10News the traditional family event is not the place for political agenda, and she said, "Growing up and being a part of that whole tradition in Pasadena was just incredible."   

Grube said whether you're for same-sex marriage or not, the wedding is a slap to those that don't support it and the 30 states that haven't approved it.

"My stand is mainly to support the voters of California who have said no to this," said Grube.

Grube created a Facebook page asking people to not attend or watch the parade. She also has called parade sponsors asking them to pull their support from the parade, which draws a global audience of about 68 million viewers annually.

"It's an in-your-face political statement; it really is." said Grube, who has contacted the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the nonprofit group that organizes the parade.

In a statement, AHF President Michael Weinstein said boycotters should respect the law of the land and denied the organization is making a political statement saying, "Like all of our sponsors and float designers, AHF continues to help make the Rose Parade a premier event through original and creative expressions that connect to parade themes -- as this float does."

Grube is not alone, as Save California, an organization that promotes what it calls moral traditional values, has called on people to protest the parade.

Grube has asked AHF to remove the cake-shaped "Love is the Best Protection" float in deference to opponents of gay marriage both in California and nationwide.

The 2014 Rose Parade will have the first gay wedding since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June made gay marriage legal in California.

The theme of the upcoming Tournament of Roses Parade is "Dreams Come True," and the "Living The Dream" float will feature 42-year-old Aubrey Loots and 45-year-old Danny Leclair, a couple from Los Angeles who have been dating for more than a decade, according to AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

"For that couple, it's a dream come true. Yes, but not for the 30 states that they're throwing this to and not for the people who voted against it," said Grube.

Grube said her boycott has less to do with religious convictions than it does with preserving a longtime tradition. She fears the parade could fall victim to political correctness.

Rose Parade officials told 10News that despite the controversy, the wedding will take place in the parade Jan. 1.

"My work may not stop the wedding from happening, but what it should do is send a message to the folks of the Rose Parade that they should probably listen a little bit more to people who would be attending, who might be viewing, who won't be this time," said Grube.

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