(Billy Hallowell) Recently, TheBlaze told you about “The Fosters,” an ABC Family television show featuring two, lesbian foster moms. The program has sparked debate, particularly because of its placement on a family-friendly network. And now it appears that the Disney Channel, a well-known network for children, will also be weaving gay characters into its widely-watched program, “Good Luck Charlie.”
The episode, which is set to air in 2014, will apparently include a child who has two mothers. The plot-line, according to LifeSiteNews.com, is as follows: Charlie, the main character (a young girl) will become friends with another child whose parents are gay. Then, Charlie’s parents will try to form a relationship with the two mothers.
This will apparently only be a “subplot” of the episode and will not be included as a larger portion of the series (next year is the show’s final season). TV Guide has more about the controversial action — one that is, very obviously, intentionally being taken by the kids network:
In the storyline, parents Amy and Bob Duncan (Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) 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 playdate is actually the secondary story in the episode, as much of the action will center on Teddy (Bridgit Mendler) and her best friend Ivy, as Ivy prepares to head off to college.
But Disney Channel understands the groundbreaking nature of featuring a same-sex couple on one of its sitcoms and took extra care in crafting the episode.
A Disney Channel spokesperson confirmed the episode’s contents and has been quoted on gossip sites like Perez Hilton and on LifeSiteNews, among other conservative news outlets.
“This particular story line was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisers,” the representative explained. “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.”