The Today Show announced that its 11th Annual Wedding Contest, which allows viewers to vote for a couple to get married on the air and select key details such as what the couple will wear and the location of their honeymoon, will be open to same-sex couples. The decision came after thousands of phone calls and emails flooded NBC's offices over the past week.
Network executives from NBC met with representatives from the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation on Thursday to discuss the network's original decision to exclude same sex couples. NBC initially argued that the decision was made because this year's wedding will take place at Rockefeller Center in New York City and the state of New York does not offer marriage licenses to same sex couples. In past years, when the wedding took place outside of New York, same sex couples were allowed to participate.
Representatives from GLAAD, including the organization's president Jarrett Barrios countered that because the state of New York recognizes same-sex marriages from other states that the NBC's argument was flawed and it seems as if network executives agreed.
You can read more about the contest and application process on the Today Show's Facebook Page.