‘Carrie Diaries’ Boss Weighs In On Prop 8, Writing Gay Characters

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The Carrie Diaries executive producer Amy B. Harris says that she feels a huge amount of responsibility when it comes to writing gay characters on her television shows. That’s especially true right now as The CW show ramps up its coming out storyline for Walt (played by Brendan Dooling).

“I am Twitter-obsessed and the tweets that mean the most to me are the people who are responding to the Walt story,” Harris tells reporters at a screening on Wednesday. “I do feel a big responsibility to tell it well and as authentically as I can.”

Of course, Harris knows that Walt’s storyline is unfolding as California’s Prop 8, the anti-marriage equality bill, is being debated in the U.S. Supreme court this week. It’s a fight that has managed to join together liberals and conservatives who are beginning to see that this country probably has bigger fish to fry.

“I think that it is fantastic that there is a world now where basically when the Supreme Court makes a certain decision, they will be on the wrong side of the future of what this world will look like,” she predicts if the court actually rules to support Prop 8, which bans gay people from legally marrying and enjoying all the benefits of a government-sanctioned union.

“And I think that is a wonderful thing,” she continues. “It’s like you’re going to be on the wrong side of history if you make this choice.”

But, while the fight for marriage equality has gained more support across the country, Harris tries to remain realistic about just how widespread that acceptance is.

“There are still plenty of places in America where coming out, whether it’s in a religious family or you’re in a small town, where it isn’t easy,” The former Sex and the City writer/producer points out. “So, I hope if [Walt’s] storyline resonates for people who are struggling that would be the ultimate for me.”

The Carrie Diaries airs Mondays at 8PM on The CW.

How do you think The Carrie Diaries is handling Walt’s storyline? And where do you land on marriage equality?

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