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'The Golden Girls' And Gay Marriage: Classic Sitcom Showed Support 20 Years Before Obama

Posted: 05/10/2012 9:34 am Updated: 05/10/2012 10:30 am

Any television show that features plot lines about topics like gay marriage, AIDS, women's sexuality, death, and immigration could be considered controversial. But a television show that debuted in 1985 -- in the middle of Ronald Reagan's presidency -- tackling those topics? That's downright radical.

And that's exactly what "The Golden Girls" was -- radical. But it was also incredibly human in the way it went about discussing subject matter that in many instances had rarely been talked about before on prime time television.

Case in point: the above clip that began making the rounds on the Internet yesterday after President Obama declared his support for same-sex marriage.

In the clip, Sophia, a devoutly Catholic matriarch, explains to her roommate Blanche why everyone deserves the chance to get married -- and she did it over twenty years before Obama said the exact same thing.

It's just one of the show's many moments that explains why almost three decades later "The Golden Girls" is as beloved as it was the night it premiered.

Watch the clip, share it with a friend, and then tell us why you love "The Golden Girls" in the comments section below.

Below, see a slideshow of reactions to Obama's support of same-sex marriage from celebrities and other notable names:

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  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • Neil Patrick Harris

  • Jane Lynch

  • Ricky Martin

  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson

  • Kim Kardashian

  • Bette Midler

  • Sean Hayes

  • Sandra Bernhard

  • Dan Savage

  • Suze Orman

  • Russell Simmons

  • Nate Berkus

  • Piers Morgan

  • Andy Cohen

  • Rachel Zoe

  • Zach Wahls

    "In a state of shared disbelief, this nation learned the leader of the free world has publicly announced his full support for the signature civil rights issue of our time: full recognition of the freedom to marry for all Americans, gay and straight alike. As the son of a same-sex couple from Iowa, and one of the first children born to an openly lesbian parent in the Midwest, it is with a sense of awe-struck bewilderment that I realize I am now represented by a sitting U.S. President who publicly supports the marriage shared by my two moms, Jackie and Terry. I wish President Obama the best of luck with his re-election campaign in the fall and am looking forward to helping him advance, secure and protect full equality under the law for families like mine all across the country."

  • Harvey Fierstein

  • Thomas Roberts

  • AB

  • Hudson Taylor

  • Hilary Rosen

  • Perez Hilton

  • Cory Booker

  • Chris Colfer

  • Lynda Carter

  • Michael Ian Black

  • Meghan McCain

  • Wilson Cruz

  • Dan Choi

  • Chris Crocker

  • Albert Brooks

  • Christine C. Quinn

  • Sam Harris

  • Dan Choi

  • Ann Hampton Callaway

  • Frank Bruni

  • Josh Seefried

  • Brandon Wenerd

  • Mike Drucker

  • Michael T Kennedy


Filed by Noah Michelson  |