BBC to air kids’ show on ‘gay marriage’

The BBC will broadcast a reality-style children’s programme on a gay couple preparing for their civil partnership ceremony.

The show has been re-named for the edition, and will be called Marrying Dad and Dad instead of Marrying Mum and Dad.

The format of the series involves the couple’s children organising the day as a surprise, and this episode will show the same-sex couple’s children putting together a James Bond-themed day.

First

Monday’s show will feature Mark and Paul, who were the first same-sex couple to adopt children on the island of Jersey.

Marrying Dad and Dad will air at 10am and 4.30pm on the digital channel CBBC on Monday 12 August.

In January this year a BBC report recommended that children should be introduced to homosexuality from an early age on TV.

Formative

The report said “incidental portrayal” of lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people should be incorporated within programming aimed at children.

In interviews with homosexual and bisexual organisations the BBC heard that it should be “validating children who are going through their formative years and who may be LGB”.

The BBC said it would “target commissioners and editors in particular” with the report’s findings.

In 2010 a report commissioned by the BBC said homosexuals and bisexuals should be portrayed more frequently and authentically in its output.

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