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Disney Channel show introduces same-sex couple as characters
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Disney Channel show introduces same-sex couple as characters

Disney Channel show introduces same-sex couple as characters
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Disney Channel show introduces same-sex couple as characters

Some people say the Disney Channel's decision to introduce a lesbian couple as parents on a children's show is political correctness gone to far, while others see it as a teaching moment for young viewers.

Last Sunday's episode of "Good Luck Charlie" introduced the characters of Cheryl and Susan, a same-sex couple with a child who comes over for a play date with Charlie.

The Disney Network says " "This particular story line was developed under the consultancy of child development experts and community advisers. 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."

And Disney's sister network, ABC Family, recently announced plans to renew a show where the main characters are a lesbian couple, "The Fosters."

Stan and Susie Bennet of Tulsa told KRMG they don't agree with that kind of programming for children.

"We're in the Bible Belt," Susie said, "it's not natural."

"We have better values than that," Stan added.

But Kelly Ferrell disagreed.

"I don't have to agree with it, but it is the way the world is," she said, "and we are trying to teach our children by focusing on those types of things, what we are going to instill as values. It starts the conversation."

Her husband, Cannon Ferrell, said "I think they're going to get exposed to it one way or the other," though he added "maybe exposing things too early to them might not be the best way. Maybe they need to be at a certain age where they have an understanding that helps them deal with it."

"But we live in a different world as opposed to 20 years ago," he added. "I don't think it's hurting anyone."

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