July 9th, 2010
10:21 AM ET
Same-sex couples can finally wed in New York - at least, they can on the "Today" show.
After being slammed for discrimination, the NBC morning program has changed the rules of its 11-year-old wedding contest to give gay and lesbian couples the chance to say "I do" on the air.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC met last week with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) to discuss the topic, explaining that until now, gay couples had been excluded because "the couple must be able to be legally married in New York, which is where the wedding will take place."
GLAAD, however, noted that a marriage license and a wedding ceremony are two different things: A couple can obtain a marriage license from another state and still enjoy their wedding celebration alongside Al, Matt and Meredith in New York.
NBC apologized for the misunderstanding, saying, "Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples."
GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios couldn't be happier. "We're thrilled that 'Today' Show's 'Modern Wedding Contest' now recognizes what most fair-minded Americans have already concluded - a wedding celebrates love and commitment, whether the spouses are straight or gay," he said. "We encourage qualified same-sex couples to submit their applications."
And who knows? Maybe Lady Gaga will be the wedding singer.
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