NBC Denies Same-Sex Couples to Enter Annual Wedding Contest

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NBC Denies Same-Sex Couples to Enter Annual Wedding Contest

The Today Show's annual Wedding Contest no longer is allowing same-sex couples to enter citing the lack of legal marriage for same-sex couples in the state of New York, where the "wedding" would take place. The shitty thing about New York is that they voted down same-sex marriage in the fall, the consolation prize is that the state recognizes out-of-state marriages; even those that are same-sex, because you know, they're married.

I'm not sure if I'm angry with NBC or livid, I've not quite figured it out just yet. It's utter bullshit is what it is! There. I'm livid.

It's beyond upsetting. You'd think that a network like NBC (not FOX, mind you) would be a little but more accepting and open in this arena. What great publicity for NBC to show the world what a same-sex couple looks like. We're not going to steal or convert your children, we don't have horns, or have orgies.  We pay bills, we argue, we go grocery shopping, we're just like everybody else. Talk about exposure!  But no, as second-class citizens we don't even have the option to see a same-sex couple possibly maybe get "married" on live television.

NBC Universal Inc. Shame on You! This is a HUGE set-back for Equal Rights (because let us not forget that marriage is a Civil Right) but it's also a huge coup for the right-winged crazy — Christians who get confused about that whole "separation of church and state" thing. I get that the state of New York doesn't allow same-sex couples to marry but the Today Show wedding was never really a wedding, it's a media-crazed, publicity-fused advertisement on speed... that millions of Americans get personally involved in every year. Denying same-sex couples to participate completely devalues us, and the cause for Equal Rights.

I call foul and though I don't own a television, if I did I'd switch to that other morning show effective immediately. The thing that really burns me, though is that they seem to be completely aloof.  Would they say that an Asian couple, an interracial couple, or that an interfaith couple couldn't participate?  No!  Why? Because it's plain wrong, there's no simpler way to put it. Thankfully GLAAD has stepped in and I've done my part in signing the petition. Make sure you do too! While you're at it, send NBC a few nasty e-mails. You have to get through a SURVEY before hand but get those e-mails going.

Comments [8]

MacLass_19's picture


I wonder what their logic was. They must have had legal counsel suggest to them who would, and more importantly, who wouldn't, be eligible to legally participate. A network's legal department is pretty much run by men and women who simply look to the possibility of lawsuits. That's their job. They protect the networks ass.

If we can't legally be married in New York[where the contest originates], then perhaps there was a legal stipulation forbidding same sex partners from participation. All contests have their eligibility rules such as; age limits, residency requirements, etc., etc.. One would think that NBC could have simply discontinued the contest siting their moral obligation to equality for all Americans. That would have been an awesome statement. But, they chose not to.

It truly sucks. And, it makes my blood boil. But, I can see the possibilities as to why they may have done it. I would certainly like to see an NBC Network representative explain this to their gay and lesbian viewers. 


Keeli M's picture

gay is the new black

I’ve been sitting at my computer for the better half of 15 minutes soaking up this free AC at Whole Foods Market (gay Mecca) and contemplating how I feel about this. The first thing that comes to mind is my surprise it made it past the pitch to become policy.  What dumb dumb thinks that outright discrimination was the logical choice to take to air – let alone the fact that it’s got to be illegal no?  I’m sure the Today Show’s staff contracts include anti-discrimination policies etc..  The other thing I’m thinking about is that this fight for marriage equality boils down to a minority culture asking the dominant culture for the right to be equal.  It can’t happen without their permission and that is something to think about.  This is a blaring example of how asking for permission puts us at a disadvantage because they can always say no.  Writing our own reality may be the only way for us to maintain our identity.  I’ve seen questions like will The Bachelor ever have a gay man, or The Bachelorette a big daddy dyke to make out with lovely lezzie ladies all over the world and I say – why would we want that to begin with?  (OK – I can kind of see the appeal of the latter but…).  If we say that our love stories are the same as straight couples I find that its kind of like when people say to me that they are colorblind…um, thanks?  I am not ashamed of my color, I am not inferior to you because of my brown skin and my experiences in life are possibly different than your own.  I want you to see my color, I want you to find out and love and appreciate the nuances in me that make me not like you.  I love that our love stories are different then those of straight couples.  I love that we often fight, fuck and take on gender roles in different ways than a heterosexual couple down the street.  Is this the tip of the iceberg in our assimilation?  Fuck the Today Show – but I signed the petition anyway. 

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Erika Davis's picture

I beg to differ...

...I have a new job at that other grocer near Union Square and there are lots of gay ladies shopping there.  I've come to believe that there should be an unofficial ladies night.  I'm serious.  We could put something together covertly and all of the single ladies looking for ladies could come. 

I totally am feeling you on the "color blind" scenario as well!  I hate when people say that!  I want you to see my skin color, no I need you to! 

In other news, the Today Show has announced that they will now be allowing same sex couples to participate...wonder what I'm going to do with all these signs I made to picket on Friday.



Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile

Keeli M's picture

ladies night

make it happen - they will come... possibly even me. It's a great pick up spot - I met at least 2 exes in the produce section. wait a minute - exes - maybe its not the best place after all.

as far ast the Today Show doing what is clearly right - good - I read last night that they even extended the entry dates.  I'm sure we'll even get a token couple in the top 5 only to be voted off for an interacial couple from Arkansas - you know to show how progressive they are.  I take it with a bitter pill since I really don't see it as progression but regression and assimilation, but I get the point. 

blow up my ego @lvrandafighter

Grace Moon's picture

i sooo

relate to standing in whole foods to soak up the AC. Wink

I also agree with the rest of what you had to say.

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minniesota's picture

Getting some assistance

I think we should get our friend, Tina Fey, to go on The Today show and tell 'em they are full of it.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

Erika Davis's picture

So True

I've spent the majority of my life lucky because I've barely felt racial discrimination ... as a gay woman, it's smacks me in the face daily.


Erika has spoken.
Now, go read my blog Smile

Tex's picture

Asian , interracial, interfaith couples...

we are the only minority couples not allowed to marry....that totally puts it in perspective.

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