ABC’s The Conners has left hints here and there that Darlene’s (Sara Gilbert) son Mark (Ames McNamara) might be gay. And from the start of Tuesday night’s episode, “A Kiss is Just a Kiss,” Mark is seen wearing a skirt over leggings. But it’s when the principal of his school calls to inform Darlene that Mark is in trouble for kissing a boy at school that we know there is no longer any doubt that the character is gay.
After Darlene speaks to the principal, she announces to her family, “So, we have to go see the principal tomorrow because your school has a "No pda" rule and somebody posted a picture of you kissing your friend Austin at school. Mark’s sister Harris (Emma Kenney) remarks, “He wins at everything, and now he has a boyfriend? I hate you!”