The Today show’s “Modern Day Wedding” contest, once hetero-only, will be open to you homos: GLAAD says after today’s sit down with executive producer Jim Bell and others, the NBC morning show agreed to let gay couples be a part of the fun. And because the contest was set to end Friday, Today is extending the application deadline until Monday to squeeze you in. Unquestionably, the victory is shared by GLAAD and Good As You‘s Jeremy Hooper.
Says Today in a statement released by GLAAD: “Over the past few days TODAY has received a considerable response regarding our wedding contest application. The rules stated that eligible couples must be able to be legally married in New York, where we will host the wedding, therefore excluding same-sex couple applicants. Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive. In 2005 when the wedding took place outside of New York, the application process was open to same-sex couples. We have listened to every voicemail and read every email. We take this feedback seriously, and we will change our application process. TODAY is a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, and GLAAD considers us an ally. We are committed to keeping those relationships strong and positive. We have opened up the application process to same-sex couples, and will extend the deadline to Monday, July 12. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples.”