When did gay partners become a part of the family on TV?

Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor and Sally Struthers (from left)

Rob Reiner, Jean Stapleton, Carroll O'Connor and Sally Struthers (from left)

When did gay partners become a part of the family on TV? October 9, 1977. That’s the night CBS aired an All in the Family episode entitled “Cousin Liz,” which in just a half hour did three amazing things: it showed America that they could have queer family members. It depicted what may be TV’s first gay marriage. And it may have changed the course of an election.

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