Actress Deidre Hall says she's not sure whether daytime's first gay wedding is going to “change the way of the world” but increased acceptance of gay rights is needed.

Days of Our Lives, NBC's longest running soap opera, will make daytime drama history this week by broadcasting the genre's first gay male wedding.

The marriage of Will Horton (played by Guy Wilson) and Sonny Kiriakis (Freddie Smith) began unfolding on Tuesday.

Hall's character of Dr. Marlena Evans, Horton's grandmother, will preside over the wedding.

“I don't know how much we're going to change the way of the world with this wedding,” Hall told gay glossy The Advocate. “But I think what changes the world is role models standing up and saying, 'Hey, relax. We're all going to be fine. Everything is fine.'”

“There's so much we deny gay and lesbian couples that we freely give to straight couples and I think that's shameful,” she added. “If you have someone in your life to whom you're devoted and committed and that you've promised to be there in every moment, then you need to [be allowed] to be there in every moment. And for those who stand up and say, 'Not so fast,' they need to step back. That needs to be the biggest change. Because I don't know that we'll ever get acceptance across the board, but humanity – we have to insist upon it.”