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posted Friday, March 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 09
The Cleveland Show tackles Gay marriage
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The Cleveland Show tackles Gay marriage

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The issue of same-sex marriage has entered the cartoon world. On Sunday night, in an episode of Seth MacFarlane's The Cleveland Show entitled 'Terry Unmarried,' the cartoonist waded into the waters of Gay marriage.

MacFarlane is best known for his animated shows Family Guy and American Dad. The Cleveland Show is a knockoff of the former.

In the episode, Cleveland discovers that his marriage isn't legal because his wife's divorce was never finalized. Finding himself newly single, Cleveland and his buddies decide to party at a new bar in town - which they quickly learn is a Gay bar.

Despite their initial discomfort, the guys have fun. But things turn uncomfortable for the men when they see Cleveland's friend and co-worker Terry kissing another man, who turns out to be Terry's boyfriend Paul.

The episode actually deals with the revelation in a comical manner that is more laugh-out-loud funny than offensive as the reactions range from Cleveland's acceptance of his friend's Gay lifestyle to Terry rushing out to date a bunch of different women in a panic.

In the most serious part of the episode, Cleveland turns down a dinner invitation from Terry and Paul, but his wife, Donna, convinces him they should go. And then there is even a hint of activism as Terry and Paul attempt to 'bring Gay marriage to Virginia.'

This prompts Cleveland and Donna to take a road trip with Terry and Paul to Vermont for a double wedding, where Terry gets cold feet, but a heartfelt speech from Cleveland convinces him to go through with the ceremony.

The importance of the episode is that, in the end, the Gay characters live happily ever after. This is a positive departure from the normal Hollywood Gay movie where someone inevitably dies. In addition - and this seems to be a popular trend - the younger generation of Americans seem to welcome Gay characters into TV land, whether animated or not.

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