January 17, 2017

GLAAD speaks out against ‘The Today Show’ wedding contest

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: Personally, I think getting married on a television show is really tacky.

But I do think gay couples should have the opportunity to be as tacky as the straight couples who are vying to have The Today Show pay for and broadcast their wedding ceremony.

But the show hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vierra, Ann Curry and Al Rocker has set up rules that deny committed gay and lesbian couples the ability to participate, according to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

GLAAD writes on its blog that it “contacted the network last week to find out why its application listed only “bride” and “groom” as options for applicants since the Today Show welcomed same-sex couples to apply to its “Hometown Wedding Contest” in years past. Good As You blog alerted us to the application problem.

NBC sent GLAAD this statement regarding the 2010 Modern Day Wedding Contest: “For the TODAY show wedding, the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place.”

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About Greg Hernandez

Greg Hernandez has written about the entertainment world for more than a decade. He is a veteran of covering many Academy Awards shows (plus Emmys, Grammys and Golden Globes) as well as film festivals, movie premieres and philanthropic events. Hernandez founded the popular Out In Hollywood blog while a writer and columnist for the "Los Angeles Daily News." He’s also a former staff writer at the "Los Angeles Times" and "The Hollywood Reporter" and has been a contributing writer to "The Advocate." Greg is the founder and editor of Greginhollywood.com

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