Rose Parade or "Gay Pride" Parade?

In California, everything's not coming up roses. Photo: (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

CALIFORNIA, December 31, 2013 — In California, everything’s not coming up roses ― especially if you’re a family.

You no longer need to live in California to get a taste of our progressive values. This week, it’s coming to a TV set near you. After more than 100 years of family-oriented entertainment on New Year’s Day, the Tournament of Roses Parade has veered off course. Organizers are allowing progressives to parade their political agendas around and morph a historic parade into an event more closely resembling a gay pride parade than the Rose Parade we have come to know.

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This Wednesday on New Year’s Day, the Rose Parade will showcase a gay wedding being officiated LIVE atop a float shaped like a giant wedding cake. The float is sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. Proponents say that the float is important this year because it is the first major California parade since the U.S. Supreme Court refused to give legal standing to Prop. 8. Activists argue that since same-sex marriage is now allowed in California, it should be promoted.

Never mind that in at least 31 of the 50 states where the Rose Parade will be broadcast there are Constitutional bans on gay unions. And never mind that a recent poll shows that 62 percent of Americans still support the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. Never mind that you’d never see a conservative politically themed float permitted in the Rose Parade.

There is nothing unusual about gay activists wanting to promote their cause. What is unusual, however, is the fact that national TV networks during daytime family programming will allow a political agenda to be pushed and will showcase two men engaging in a romantic kiss. That’s not exactly the kind of family programming that ABC ― which is owned by Disney ― has long been known for. Walt Disney must be turning over in his grave.

There is a time and place for everything. According to a list of LGTB events, there are 200 gay pride parades across the U.S. each year. But that’s not enough for the activists’ agendas. They want to bring those values to middle America by going on national television and parading it around. Literally. The audience: unsuspecting families who may not be willing nor ready to explain these adult relationships to their children. Or to explain to their eight-year old what the “AIDS” in “AIDS Healthcare Foundation” means. One has to wonder how this is going to play in Cleveland, as the old saying goes.

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Progressives have learned nothing from the Duck Dynasty controversy this past week, nor has the Tournament of Roses organization learned from Cracker Barrel’s misstep. Americans are sick and tired of having progressive values shoved down their throats.

The backlash against the Rose Parade could be and should be similar to the A&E controversy. However, the dedicated droves of gay activists will likely line the parade route to ensure the male gay couple gets cheered, not jeered. This will make for a photo op which will no doubt be captured by parade organizers and the TV networks to justify their decision to allow the float.

Likewise, many Americans will simply vote with their remote control and choose to skip the parade altogether.

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Jennifer Kerns


Jennifer Kerns is a writer/journalist and a GOP Media Strategist in the Western States region. She has served as Spokeswoman for the first-ever Colorado Recall elections, defeating the Democratic National Committee and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors against Illegal Guns (MAIG) PAC in a battleground state.  She previously served as Spokeswoman for the California Republican Party, a political appointee of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Spokeswoman for the historic Prop. 8 campaign.  An aggressive communicator, she strongly advocates that conservatives work proactively with the Media, and she is the only Republican Press Secretary to have ever won 52 unanimous newspaper endorsements for her candidates including liberal publications such as The San Francisco ChronicleThe Los Angeles Times, and the Spanish-language La Opinion.

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