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'Today' Will Allow Same-Sex Couples to Enter Wedding Contest

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 9th 2010 11:30AM
Meredith VieriaIt's a brand new day on the 'Today' show: According to The Wrap, NBC is changing the rules for its morning show's annual wedding contest in order to allow same-sex couples to apply.

The contest, dubbed "Modern Day Weddings," offers one winning couple an all-expenses paid wedding to be broadcast live on 'Today.' Previously, same-sex couples were barred from entering because NBC reasoned that "the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."

But following a campaign by gay rights organization GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), which saw NBC inundated with thousands of letters, emails and tweets decrying the rigid rules, the network has agreed to change the contest's eligibility to an all-inclusive scope.
While it's true that gay nuptials aren't legal in New York, the state does recognize same-sex marriage licenses from other jurisdictions, and therein lay the flaw in NBC's rules.

GLAAD representatives apparently met with NBC execs on Thursday following the passionate letter campaign, pointing out that NBC could "easily" ensure that a winning gay couple obtained their marriage license elsewhere before holding the ceremony on air at Rockerfeller Center.

GLAAD president Jarett Barrios praised the network for amending its rules: "NBC heard GLAAD and the thousands of viewers who contacted them. And they have moved to make their contest a truly modern wedding where any couple can share their story," he said.

None of this guarantees that viewers will see a same-sex marriage on the 'Today Show,' though; NBC narrows thousands of applications down to just four couples, and the contest is then put down to a public vote. Still, it's a small but meaningful step forward in the fight for marriage equality that many gay rights supporters are campaigning for.

Couples of any sexual orientation can now apply for the "Modern Day Weddings" contest through Jul. 12.

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John P. Walsh

Meredith Vieira is the reason I watch the today show.

April 06 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Judy

I'll stop watching the Today Show when you do the same sex weddings, that's disgusting!!
Also, why do you allow so much drinking on the show? I've lost all respect I had for Hoda' she and Kathy Lee are drunks.

April 05 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
arenapolarity

Meredith has been our morning MOM, we will sure miss you

April 05 2011 at 6:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Michael

Do a show on a "Union" for the gays and keep the "Wedding" for male and female. Keep marriage sacre for a man and woman.

July 10 2010 at 1:04 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
shelley

BRAVO Today Show!!!!!!!!!!!

July 10 2010 at 12:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Liz

I am just tired of the homosexual movement being crammed down everyones throats. Keep your sexual life to yourself, and off the TV. My kids don't need to see it, hear about it, or deal with it. It is not normal, it is perverse. Don't confuse color of skin or religion persecution with Sin.

July 10 2010 at 11:21 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Marcus Gorman

Keep your heterosexuality off mah TV!

July 12 2010 at 9:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
carnesmart55

I will quit watching Today if they allow that to happen....

July 10 2010 at 9:50 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Marcus Gorman

I doubt "Today" wants bigoted viewers.

July 12 2010 at 9:45 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Mary

Well, it doesn't guarantee them that they will win, but does anyone want to take bets that they don't?

July 10 2010 at 9:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Liz

That is just sick.

July 10 2010 at 6:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Linda

Way to cave in, Today Show

July 10 2010 at 8:57 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Marcus Gorman

Way to continue denying tax-paying American citizens their rights, commenters.

July 12 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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