The first ever same-sex couple made their debut on the Disney Channel Sunday night. On Good Luck Charlie, mommies Susan and Cheryl dropped off their daughter Taylor for a play date with the show’s main character, a preschool-aged girl named Charlie.
From what it sounds like, Disney did this in an absolutely positive way, which I’m grateful for because Good Luck Charlie is a staple TV program in my house, and this episode will likely eventually be watched once it makes its way over to Netflix because I’m cheap and don’t have cable.
Anyway, the long anticipated episode (the decision to introduce a same-sex couple was announced in June 2013) apparently included some sort of mix-up over who Taylor’s mom was, but all became clear when two mommies showed up at the door.
Charlie’s dad Bob (Eric Allan Kramer) made the observation, “Taylor has two moms!” to which his TV wife Amy (Leigh-Allyn Baker) replied, “Wow, nothing gets past you, Bob,” which, if you watch the show at all, you know this sounds like a normal Amy-Bob exchange.
I think this is great, and I’m glad that it was done in a passing, this-is-normal-and-not-a-big-deal fashion. Whatever your views on homosexuality are, or how you feel about same-sex couples having children, it’s not the kids’ fault their parents are gay.
As same-sex parents are becoming more and more mainstream, your kids are likely to eventually encounter a playmate with two moms or two dads, and it’s going to be weird to them just because it’s different. Like the time one of my small children loudly asked why that man in Costco had a ponytail.
So I think this is perfect. Bob made the startling observation that there were two moms instead of a mom and a dad, and Amy brushed it off and made it normal while adding a touch of humor.
I think teaching kids to be kind to one another is just fine, even if their parents are gay.
Would you let your kids watch this episode?
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