Sophia Petrillo puts the need and desire for marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in a very astute yet simple way.
The episode aired in 1991 and made the simple argument for marriage equality years before it became a reality in America. When Blanche asked why her brother had to get married, Sophia asked her why she married her husband. When Blanche replied that they wanted the world to know they loved each other, Sophia replied, “That’s what Clayton and Doug want. Everyone wants someone to grow old with, and shouldn’t everyone have that chance?”
“Everyone wants someone to grow old with and shouldn’t everyone have that chance?”
And while it is true that the sitcom “Golden Girls” was groundbreaking on several fronts to include not only LGBT issues, but also drug abuse, HIV/AIDS and female sexuality – isn’t a bit sad to recognize the fact that America still has a long way to go toward accepting equal marriage for all? Hint, hint.
In many respects, The Golden Girls was a forerunner in LGBT representations on prime time television. Throughout the series there were references to Dorothy’s brother (Sophia’s son) Phil, a heterosexual cross-dresser. The pilot featured a flamboyant cook named Coco.
In one episode, Dorothy’s lesbian friend becomes attracted to Rose. Several episodes featured Blanche’s brother Clayton, who first comes out to her and later marries his partner. Making LGBT issues visible in the 1980s was audacious, if unsurprising, given executive producer Susan Harris’s penchant for edgy sitcom material.
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