LOS ANGELES — “Days of Our Lives” will be airing the first gay marriage between two men on a daytime soap opera this week, as the story line of Will Horton (Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) reaches its romantic apex.
According to NBC, the wedding will begin today and air over three consecutive episodes.
The WilSon romance, as fans call it, began in 2011, when the Sonny character was introduced in the show’s fictional Midwestern town of Salem and began the show’s first gay story line.
The Will who’s getting married, however, is not the Will who first met Sonny. The role was originally played by Chandler Massey, who was replaced with Wilson in 2013.
The planning happened in a whirlwind, at least in soap opera terms. The couple got engaged on the Valentine’s Day episode of this year.
As notable as their nuptials may be, it won’t be the first same-sex marriage on daytime TV. “All My Children” aired a wedding between two women in 2009. Still, the story line between Will and Sonny has resulted in three GLAAD nominations.