united states of tara

The Gay Marriage Debate That Marshall Didn’t Think He Wanted to Have

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From park cruising to puppy love to … politics? No, tell us it’s not the United States of Tara season finale!

And here we are, at the end, with the world crumbling down around Tara (but, mostly, her sister, who is getting married that day) — why not have a debate about gay marriage? If you’re unfamiliar, in the second part of this clip it’s Marshall and his bf Lionel facing off against his sister Kate and her bf Zach, the Ron Paul supporter.

“I just think that Obama led the gay and lesbian community astray, that’s all,” says Lionel, the know-it-all young activist who doesn’t want to support anyone’s marriage if the gays can’t do it. It was an appropriate comment for his character to make, but it felt a little forced — though it was a necessary plot device to get Lionel to leave (later on, Zach also exits before the wedding ceremony) so the siblings can join their father and multiple personalitied mother in some backyard dancing.

And there we leave our favorite gay television teen until next season where, just maybe, we’ll get into the touchy territory of gay teens having sex.