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Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Today Show's Marriage Contest To Allow Same-Sex Couples

After a meeting with the GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), NBC announced that they would allow same-sex couples to participate in the Today show's wedding contest and have extended the deadline for contest entries to Monday, July 12, 2010.

Originally the Today show had argued that it couldn’t include same-sex couples because gay marriage is not permitted under New York law, where the Rockefeller Center wedding is set to take place. “Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples.”

The contest, now in it's eleventh year, allows viewers to vote on every detail of a couple’s wedding, which is then broadcast live on the show. Even though same-sex couples will be allowed to apply, it does not guarantee they will be on the show. The Today show producers sort through all the contest applications and pick four couples, then it is up to the viewers to vote for which couple will win the wedding and the all-expenses-paid honeymoon. The winning couple's ceremony will take place on the Today show in New York in October.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow, seems like same-sex couples are really making it into mainstream media!Especially with regards to that new movie The Kids Are Alright...oh, if you don't know much about that film yet, maybe check out OURsceneTV's red carpet interview with some of the cast members. Here's a link to the video:


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