- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Disney producers say it’s “safe to say” that its animated children’s series “Star Wars Resistance” has an openly gay couple.

Executive producers Athena Portillo, Justin Ridge, and Brandon Auman told fans this week that they are thrilled with the decision to make characters Orka and Flix “an item.”

“They’re absolutely a gay couple and we’re proud of that,” Mr. Ridge said during a Coffee With Kenobi podcast, the UK Guardian reported Monday.

Disney’s decision comes less than six months after the PBS kids series “Arthur” made a similar move.

An episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” that aired in May featured a marriage between a third grade teacher named Mr. Ratburn and an aardvark named Patrick.

“Star Wars Resistance” is entering its second season and was nominated for an Emmy this year in the Outstanding Children’s Program category.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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