February 13, 2009, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation today applauded the upcoming marriage that will be featured on ABC's All My Children. On Monday, Feb. 16, the Emmy-winning, 39-year-old soap opera is scheduled to air the marriage of lesbian couple Bianca Montgomery and Reese Williams, the first ever marriage of a lesbian couple on scripted daytime television.
"This is a milestone in daytime drama," says GLAAD President Neil G. Giuliano. "Bianca and Reese's wedding is a joyful day that countless people – gay and straight alike – dream of for themselves and the ones they love. It's a celebration of love, commitment and family, and we're thrilled that All My Children's viewers will be able to experience the joy of that day right alongside them."
Bianca, played by actress Eden Riegel, first came out in 2000 and is notable as daytime drama's first contracted gay character. Bianca's relationship with Reese gives the couple the distinction of being the only lesbian couple currently depicted on daytime or primetime broadcast television. This week, the couple – along with family, friends, and Bianca's two children – will travel from fictitious Pine Valley, Pennsylvania, to the state of Connecticut, where gay and lesbian couples can legally wed.
All My Children has received seven GLAAD Media Awards for its inclusive representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The program was recently announced as a nominee for the 20th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in the Outstanding Daily Drama category. CBS' As the World Turns, which currently features a romantic relationship between gay couple Luke and Noah, is also nominated this year. The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 28, 2009 at the Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 18 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE; and in San Francisco on May 9 at the Hilton San Francisco.