Phil Reese

Gaga: play away! TODAY show ends same-sex couple discrimination

Filed By Phil Reese | July 09, 2010 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Media
Tags: Facebook, GLAAD, GoodAsYou, marriage equality, relationship recognition, same-sex marriage, social media, TODAY show, victory

Lady Gaga played the TODAY show guilt-free today.

TodayShowLogo_s.jpgYesterday night--after meeting in the late morning--GLAAD and the TODAY show production team announced new rules to the show's iconic "Modern Wedding" contest. After earlier excluding same-sex couples because organizers erroneously thought they could not legally marry in New York, the TODAY show, spurred by a coalition of relationship recognition activists, and a buzzing social media campaign, pulled an about-face and are now allowing every loving couple in.

GLAAD had the good news late last night:

After we called the network with concerns, NBC argued that it was excluding same-sex couples because "the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."

GLAAD questioned the validity of that argument since New York State legally recognizes same-sex marriages licensed in other states. Same-sex couples can now legally obtain marriage licenses in Iowa, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Washington D.C. NBC mistakenly equated the marriage license with the wedding celebration. Same-sex weddings are entirely legal in New York State.

Thanks to the thousands of folk who wrote in, called in, and signed the petition, and major props go to GLAAD, GoodAsYou blog, amazing straight ally Jude Stevens, Jonathan Howard and Gregory Jones! Huzzah! Or should I say: "ra-ra-ro-mama!"

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Interesting. Darlene and I were actually joking about applying for the Today Show free marriage, but after hearing this, we're going to give it some serious thought.

Aww, very kind of you Phil. But many people, especially GLAAD, worked rapidly to address this.
Kudos to Today for listening. If only our government could change a policy within a week.