The start of fall also marks the beginning of a new season for several TV shows, but this year some viewers are noticing more homosexual characters and story lines.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) recently released a report saying about 44 gay and bisexual characters are making regular appearances in this season's show line-up.
"Americans now see gay and lesbian couples marrying, raising families and contributing to their communities," GLAAD president Jarrett Barrios said.
"[Those characters help American's] come to accept and better understand their homosexual family members and neighbors," he added.
"The Modern Family" on ABC is one new show in question. One of the main plots includes a gay couple who adopts a baby.
Another ABC show with a similar plot is "Brothers and Sisters," which has two male characters who are married.
Other shows with gay and lesbian characters include NBC's police drama "southland" and the popular prime-time medical drama "Grey's Anatomy."
CBN News spoke with Melissa Henson of the Parents Television Council about the rise in homosexual plots in TV shows.
Stay with us for her comments.
*Original broadcast October 1, 2009.