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Rose Parade gay wedding going on despite protest

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The men who plan to become the first gay couple married on a Rose Parade float say they're not concerned about a parade boycott.

Aubrey Loots and Danny Leclair, who have been together 12 years, say they hope the boycott organized by a woman who calls the nuptials a slap in the face to opponents of same-sex unions will spur more conversation about the issue.

The couple plans to exchange vows this New Year's Day on the AIDS Healthcare Foundation float. The Rev. Alfreda Lanoix of the Unity Fellowship Church of Christ is to perform the ceremony in front of the Rose Parade reviewing stand. The couple and the pastor will be perched on a giant wedding-cake-shaped platform.

Sharon Grube of San Diego has appeared on TV and the Internet while promoting her "Boycott The 2014 Rose Parade" effort.

Frank Schubert, political director of the National Organization for Marriage, says exposing children who are watching the parade to a gay wedding is "highly inappropriate."

Rose Parade officials say the float is in keeping with this year's theme, "Dreams Come True."