Same-Sex Marriage Goes Mainstream! “Newlywed Game” Wants LGBT Newlyweds


The Newlywed Game–which during the 1960s made the phrase "making whoopee" a nationally recognized catchphrase for state-sanctioned fornication as its way to slide by network censors–is casting for same-sex couples whose marriage is legally recognized in their state!

This is a huge, seriously huge step towards mainstream recognition. The show, originally produced by Chuck Barris, is now presented by eHarmony which last year was forced via an anti-discrimination lawsuit to create an LGBT dating division called Compatible Partners. 

The listing is up on in Los Angeles and reads:


Date: 2009-08-05, 11:23AM PDT
Reply to: THENEWLYWEDGAME@EMBASSYROW.COM [Errors when replying to ads?]


The Game Show Network is currently casting season 2 of
“The Newlywed Game”

Producers are seeking fun, outgoing couples to participate in the next season of this classic television game show!

Gay Couples: *Marriages must be legally recognized in 1 state

If this sounds like you or someone you know, please contact the Casting Team IMMEDIATELY at:
PLEASE INCLUDE: Names/Ages, City/State, Phone Number (with area code), Email Address, Wedding Date, and PHOTO.

All participants must be 18 years of age or older and married 2 years or less.

  • Location: LOS ANGELES
  • Compensation: tbd
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don’t contact this job poster.
  • Please, no phone calls about this job!
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

PostingID: 1307423013

As an elementary school kid I loved this show with its slightly smutty questions, like

How long is your husband’s inseam? ( Answer: 7 inches)

The original version, which aired on ABC from 1966 to 1974 with Bob Eubanks as the host, had African American couples on with white couples beginning in their first season. This broke down the color barrier for the daytime television viewer, so it would be really awesome if the show would have same-sex couples on with opposite-marriage couples, rather than ghetto-izing them.

The Game Show Network, the Newlywed Game and their advertisers deserve kudos for this. Wow!

10 Responses to "Same-Sex Marriage Goes Mainstream! “Newlywed Game” Wants LGBT Newlyweds"
Elliott | Saturday August 8, 2009 10:20 am 1

great news Lisa

EvilDrPuma | Saturday August 8, 2009 10:25 am 2

Surely this is the final proof that gay marriage is gaining mainstream approval: it’s considered a viable target for crass commercial exploitation.

Lisa Derrick | Saturday August 8, 2009 10:29 am 3

I’ll be watching just to see how it’s handled!

Millineryman | Saturday August 8, 2009 10:52 am 4
In response to EvilDrPuma @ 2

Our money for taxes and consumer products are taken without question. Along with the services that we offer. We’ve been exploited all along.

When it comes to standing up for our rights, not so much. I applaud this and hope that it stands the test of being challenged by the extremists.

jurassicpork | Saturday August 8, 2009 11:03 am 5

Is this on any one network or is it syndicated? I’m curious about this.

ratfood | Saturday August 8, 2009 12:10 pm 6

The Newlywed Game–which during the 1960s made the phrase “making whoopee” a nationally recognized catchphrase for fornication

Actually, by strict definition the term “fornication” is only applicable to sex between people who are not married (to each other). Sex between two married (but not to each other) people is classified as “adultery.” Sex between one married person and an unmarried person is “fornication.” Sex between two unmarried people is “fornication.” Anyway, since the contestants on The Newlywed Game were all married couples, “making whoopee” usually (but not always) referred to copulation that didn’t qualify as “fornication.”

Isn’t language fun?

DeanOR | Saturday August 8, 2009 12:30 pm 7

I wish the mayor of a town here in Oregon could get on the show with his female partner. He was mayor of Silverton in the past when dressed as a man and was elected again in recent years dressed as a woman with breast implants. He was recently criticized for wearing a scandalously short min-skirt and revealing top. He admitted that he had dressed inappropriately that day and said he always thought his critics wanted him to dress as a man whereas he wanted to dress as a woman, when actually they just want him to dress like a lady and he promises to comply with that from now on. He’s apparently a popular and effective mayor.
I hope the show will help humanize the participants in the eyes of viewers.

Cellar47 | Saturday August 8, 2009 12:43 pm 8

Thisn will,only work if it’s co-hosted by Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka.

Lisa Derrick | Saturday August 8, 2009 01:15 pm 9

Carnie Wilson is the host of the Newlywed Game, which is on the Game Show Network, a cable/satellite station

Lisa Derrick | Saturday August 8, 2009 01:17 pm 10
In response to ratfood @ 6

F words are fun too!!!!

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