Follow-Up: ‘Today’ Wedding Contest Features Only Straight Couples
After being pressured by gay advocacy groups in July to allow homosexual couples to enter the "Today" show's wedding contest, NBC's "Today's Wedding: Modern Love" will feature ... no gay couples.
Co-host Ann Curry noted the contest received "hundreds of videos and applications," but that the show had narrowed it down to four couples. After all the controversy surrounding the show's decision to open the contest to gays and lesbians - even though New York State does not license same-sex marriage - all of the finalists are heterosexual couples.
Viewers will decide which of the four couples will have their wedding and honeymoon planned by and broadcast on "Today."
NBC had originally announced the contest would only be opened to heterosexual couples, but the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) pressured the network into reversing its decision.
The decision was seen as yet another move by NBC illustrating its bias in covering the gay lifestyle. In August 2008, NBC Universal told the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, "Your Victories are Our Victories." In April 2010, the network announced a partnership with the gay magazine The Advocate.