Lessons from the Golden Girls

The Golden Girls, now probably close to 25 years old, has featured plot lines about topics like gay marriage, AIDS, women's sexuality, death and immigration. These topics were controversial when the show debuted in 1985. In the below clip, Blanche is fretting because her brother, George, is going to marry another man. Blanche says she accepts her brother being gay but wonders why he and his partner want to make a big public statement about it.

Sophia, her roommate, puts the need and desire for marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples in a very astute yet simple way, "Everyone has the right to grow old with the one they love without fearing retribution." Ahh and this happen 25 years ago before Obama did the exact same thing. That Sophia was a very wise woman. Check it out.