The Disney Channel will reach a historic milestone early next year with the introduction of the network’s first same-sex couple. The couple will appear on the final season of “Good Luck Charlie” as the lesbian parents of one of Charlie’s new preschool friends.
“This particular storyline was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisers,” says a Disney Channel spokesperson. “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.” As our nation celebrates the Supreme Court’s recent decisions in favor of same-sex marriages, here are a few Disney characters we think are partying it up as well:
+ Timon and Pumbaa
Timon and Pumbaa were totally Simba’s adoptive gay dads … or maybe they were just BFFs. Either way, two men raised Simba, and he turned out just fine. Actually, he turned out better than fine. He became the king of Pride Rock, which would make an awesome name for a gay club in West Hollywood.
If Timon and Pumbaa are lookin’ to walk down the aisle, they can now do it in California and receive all of the federal benefits granted to same-sex couples, thanks to the Supreme Court saying buh-bye to Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).
+ The Little Mermaid
Ariel was a fish and the love of her life was a man, but she wasn’t gonna let a little biological barrier get in her way! The redheaded princess fought for her right to inter-species love-makin’, defying haters, protesters, and even her own father. The Supreme Court has yet to make a decision on the Defense of Mermaid Act, but a ruling is expected soon.
+ Pocahontas and John Smith
Historically accurate? Maybe not, but Disney’s “Pocahontas” was the tale of true love conquering hatred and bridging clashing cultures. If you’re all about the power of love, check out Love is Louder — a movement of hundreds of thousands of young people who believe that love can conquer all fear, hatred, and tragedy. Go Amuuurca!
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