The Disney Channel original series "Good Luck Charlie" introduced its first lesbian couple on the series, marking the first ever same-sex and first openly gay characters to appear on the children's network.
In the episode titled "Down a Tree," parents Amy and Bob Duncan (played by Leigh-Allyn Baker and Eric Allan Kramer) arrange a play date for their daughter Charlie (played by Mia Talerico), and become confused when they discover they have two different names for Charlie's friend Taylor's mom.
Upon answering the door, they are introduced to both Susan and Cheryl, as Taylor has two moms.
"Good Luck Charlie," which will end after four hit seasons on the Disney Channel on Feb. 16, first announced the storyline last year. A Disney spokesperson told TV Guide that their decision to include its first same-sex couple on the show was "to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness."
While the inclusion of a lesbian couple was applauded by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), it was condemned by conservative advocacy group One Million Moms, who said the inclusion of an openly gay, same-sex couple was a "confusing topic[s] that children are far too young to comprehend."
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