CBS Comedy 'Big Bang Theory' Pushes Gay Marriage Message

The Big Bang Theory ends each episode with what is called a "vanity card," a hallmark of show creator Chuck Lorre.

They are often a few funny paragraphs that appear after the credits roll,but this week's vanity card again pushed gay marriage on the audience.

Lorre has become famous for creating a new vanity card to end each episode of his sitcoms. Along with Big Bang, Lorre has indulged this practice at the end of such series as Cybil, Mike & Molly, and Two and a Half Men. Often times they are humorous. He's been doing it since 1995, so with more than 400 of them under his belt it was a lock that politics would sneak in among the "funny" ones from time to time.

In the past, Lorre has claimed that his end cards are not to be given much thought. "The jokes are taken way too seriously and the stories all have to have a secret meaning ... Don't get me wrong. There's a part of me that loves to exploit this silliness," he wrote in 2011.

But that isn't always the case. Take the end card of the April 25 episode of The Big Bang Theory which went political with Lorre pushing gay marriage. It is a partial repeat, if you will, of a past card. This week's vanity card reads:


Dear Chief Justice Roberts,

The vanity card seen below was written a couple of years ago, but I think it deserves another look. It is my hope that you can see past its rimshot pessimism to the fundamental truth imbedded within. Perhaps it might even speed up your deliberations, grease the wheels, if you will. Speaking of which, a wise man once said, "When sitting on the horns of a dilemma, ask the dilemma to use a lubricant."


Chuck Lorre


I believe that inherent within the God-given right to the pursuit of happiness, is the equally God-given right to the pursuit of unhappiness. That is why I support gay marriage.


Not much of a joke, indeed.


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