Disney’s “Good Luck Charlie” features network’s first same-sex couple

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“Good Luck Charlie” became one of the most progressive shows on the Disney Channel after they recently featured a female same-sex couple. The show’s two-part series finale is due to air on February 16. The latest storyline marks the first appearance of a same-sex couple in the history of the ultra-kid-friendly television network.

“Taylor has two moms!” Bob (played by Eric Allan Kramer) tells his wife in the episode, upon realizing something about the parents of their daughter’s friend. His wife Amy (played by Leigh-Allyn Baker) sarcastically responds, “Wow! Nothing gets past you, Bob.”

In a summary of the episode, TV Guide reported: “In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan set up a playdate for preschooler Charlie (Mia Talerico) and one of her new friends. When the kid arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s pal has two moms. That’s fine, but the potential new friendship is put to the test as one mom chats with Amy, and the other is stuck listening to Bob’s dull stories.”

The Disney Channel announced plans to feature the characters back in June. “Awkward” star Desi Lydia plays one of the new moms.

Back in 2013, The American Family Association’s One Million Moms group (according to SheKnows, their actual membership is only about 40,000) accused the popular network of planning to “corrupt the children’s network with LGBT content.” The group launched a full-out email campaign, warning that if “Good Luck Charlie” went through with the LGBT content, then the floodgates would open for all programs on the Disney channel, “a trend that would be impossible to stop.”

Despite meeting some expected opposition, the Disney Channel stood its ground on its decision to air the episode. In June 2013, a spokesperson for Disney Channel stated, “This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisors,” when the casting was first announced. “Like all Disney Channel programming, it was developed to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness.”

Along with lots of positive online response from Disney fans on YouTube and viewers of the show, former Disney icon and “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus tweeted her support for the episode, prior to the airing.

“I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation,” the tweet read. “They control so much of what kids think.”

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