Disney Channel took a major step toward inclusiveness on January 26 by introducing its first gay couple. On that day's episode of Good Luck Charlie, the parents of Charlie's new playdate turn out to be two women.
It may seem like a long time coming, considering gay couples are all over other TV networks — and it surely didn't need to take this long — but Disney says the writers and producers took extra time to introduce the same-sex couple in a responsible and accessible way.
"This particular story line was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisers," the company says in a statement. "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."
The American Family Association — which supports the idea that homosexuality is "sinful" and "unnatural" — petitioned Disney to "abandon their plans to corrupt the children's network with LGBT content," saying that "Disney should stick to entertaining, not pushing an agenda."
But Disney's decision has also attracted its fair share of praise from fans, including former Disney star Miley Cyrus, who tweeted, "I commend Disney for making this step into the light of this generation." Meanwhile, GLAAD calls the episode a "historic move in the right direction.
Plus, the inclusion of a same-sex couple will probably be Good Luck Charlie's lasting legacy — the show's series finale will air on February 16.
Source: American Family Association via BuzzFeed, GLAAD