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Two and a Half Men Is Heading for a 'Gay' Wedding; CBS Expects No Blowback from LGBT Community

Two and a Half Men Wedding Alan Walden

CBS’ Two and a Half Men is poised to say “I do” before it says adieu.

In its farewell run (premiering Oct. 30), the long-running sitcom will find Walden (played by Ashton Kutcher) proposing marriage to Alan (Jon Cryer) — if not in the name of love, for a greater good.

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“Walden is going to have a major health scare and it is going to give him a bit of an existential crisis,” CBS Entertainment chairman Nina Tassler told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Assoc. summer press tour. “He wants to find a way to add more meaning to his life, so he decides he wants to adopt a child. And in doing so, he starts the process and he realizes that it’s very difficult to adopt a child as a single, straight man.”

Cue the popping of a Q! “So once and for all, he decides, ‘I’m going to propose to Alan,'” Tassler shared. “‘We’re going to get married and adopt a child as a gay couple.'”

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Is Tassler concerned at all that GLAAD or the LGBT community at large might cast aspersion on the sitcom playing (a fake) gay marriage for laughs? “I think it’s a very positive statement,” the network boss counters. “[Walden believes he is] going to adopt a child as a gay couple, and the reality is he can do that. In a universe where at one point you couldn’t do that, and now you can, I think that’s a much more positive statement that he’s making.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)