Cultural exhibitionism or political grandstanding? The motives behind the Rose Parade gay wedding

The motivation behind a Rose Parade float featuring a gay wedding depends on who you ask. The float, sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), featured a wedding cake with two men on top, who married during the parade. Millions witnessed the wedding this morning, in person or on television, during the annual New Year's tradition.

According to AHF, the theme of the float was "Love is the Best Protection." It seems like an odd, if not dangerous, statement to make for an organization trying to stop the spread of AIDS (doctors would argue a condom or abstinence might protect a bit better). They also say the float was meant to celebrate the legalization of gay marriage in several states. Their website included an op-ed from the LA Daily News stating gay marriage is now as mainstream as the Rose Parade itself. From their standpoint, the float, and the wedding, were part of a larger political statement.

For the two men who actually got married, their motivation seemed to be more about showcasing themselves. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Aubrey Loots thought the idea by the AHF to hold their wedding ceremony on the float was "crazy," but agreed, saying "Of course, let's celebrate our love in front of the world."

Tens of thousands of Americans continue to contract AIDS each year. While gays still make up a majority of those infected, a growing number of straight individuals are among those who contract the disease. Young people and minorities are getting AIDS at much higher numbers than years past. Numbers released today by New York City's health department found that most of the city's new AIDS cases among women came from unprotected sex with bisexual partners. Rather than using the opportunity to create a teachable moment and possibly save some lives, the AHF chose a publicity stunt that, in the final analysis, served no useful purpose at all.

Rose Parade organizers are usually very particular with the floats and groups allowed in the event. In 2012, parade organizers rejected a float by Occupy Wall Street.

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  1. Jesus predicted that just before His return as Judge, there will be a strange, dangerous fad - a spontaneous global steamroller notable for its speed, violence, and impudent in-your-face openness. In Luke 17 He called this worldwide craze the repeat of the "days of Lot" (see Genesis 19). By fulfilling this worldwide mania that's secretly coordinated by unseen spirit beings, gays are really hurrying up Christ's return and making the Bible even more believable!
    They've actually invented strange architecture: closets opening not on to bedrooms but on to Main Streets where kids can see naked men having sex in "Madam" Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco Brothel District. We wonder how soon S.F.'s underground saint - San Andreas - will get a 10-point jolt out of what goes on over his head (see the dire prediction about cities in Revelation 16:19, and Google "Obama Supports Public Depravity").
    What's really scary is the "reprobate mind" phrase in Romans 1:28. A person can sear his conscience so much that God finally turns him over to S, the universal evil leader whose unseen agents can give a "possessed" person super-human strength that many cops with tasers have trouble subduing!
    Remember, gays don't have to stay bound to their slavery. Their emancipation is found in a 5-letter name starting with J (no, not James or Julia). As soon as they can find out the all-powerful J name, gays will really start living! (Google "God to Same-Sexers: Hurry Up," "USA - from Puritans to Impure-itans," and "The Background Obama Can't Cover Up.")
    Was Jesus silent about gays? Google " 'Jesus Never Mentioned Homosexuality.' When gays have birthdays...."