The Grey's Anatomy wedding of
Callie Torres (played by Sara Ramirez) and Arizona Robbins (Jessica
Capshaw) takes place on Thursday night's episode.
The episode will include a Catholic
storyline and the women will tie the knot wearing white gowns during
an outdoor ceremony. (Visit
lesbian entertainment website AfterEllen.com for preview photos.)
“They are special TV 'I love you'
Stacy McKee told E! Online, “but I did use fairly traditional
Catholic vows as a template because that's Callie's background. And
it was important to Callie to have a lot of tradition in her wedding.
And as you can see there are white dresses and lots of flowers. No
white leisure suits here. It's full-on wedding.”
Ramirez and Capshaw recently spoke
about Callie's Catholic upbringing and how it relates to their big
“Callie was raised Catholic and she
loves her church and she loves her God, and that's OK,” Capshaw
“Arizona in the beginning of the
episode has been an empowered woman who knows exactly who she is and
has known all her life.” Ramirez said. “Callie has been on a
different journey; she's investigating it and experiencing it and
figuring it out as she goes, especially with her parents who are very
Catholic – her mother in particular.”
“Callie starts to understand and
embrace the notion that God is everywhere and that you don't have to
be in a church to share God's presence of love and acceptance and to
have a union with someone and a wedding and ceremony that means
everything to you,” Ramirez added.
Last month, Grey's
creator Shonda Rhimes took to Twitter to defend the storyline.
Grey's Anatomy is not the first
ABC drama to feature the wedding of a gay couple. In 2008, Kevin
Walker (Matthew Rhys) married his boyfriend Scotty Wandell (Luke
MacFarlane) on the network's Sunday night drama Brothers &
In both cases, the shows are set in
states where gay marriage is not legal. Grey's Anatomy's
Washington and Brothers & Sisters' California recognize
gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships.