How Will And Sonny Of Days Of Our Lives Made Daytime TV History

The pairing of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis on "Days of Our Lives" has resulted in one of the most beloved super couples in the show's history. While couples like John Black and Marlena Evans, Bo and Hope Brady, and Steve and Kayla Johnson have captivated fans over the years (via Nine), Will and Sonny's love story was much different. The pair first met back in 2011, when Will (Chandler Massey) was struggling to come to terms with his sexuality, per Soaps. The storyline was powerful and hit close to home for some viewers. It was Sonny (then Freddie Smith) who helped Will realize who he was and helped him deal with coming out.


The couple quickly became a fan favorite, and were even dubbed "WilSon" by viewers. However, in true "DOOL" fashion, things weren't easy for the duo. The couple dealt with cheating, lies, jail time, and even death while trying to stick together. Eventually, the couple got engaged during a Valentine's Day episode of the soap opera, and then went on to make history with their marriage.

Will and Sonny were part of a groundbreaking soap opera storyline

In April 2014, "Days of Our Lives" made history when they aired the wedding of Will Horton and Sonny Kiriakis. The storyline marked the very first gay marriage between two men to be shown on a soap opera, per Los Angeles Times. The couple's wedding plans came together very quickly, as fans watched the pair walk down the aisle at a ceremony held in the main room at the Kiriakis mansion just two months after the men became engaged.


The grooms both wore black tuxedos and were given away by their mother's Adrienne Kiriakis (Judi Evans) and Sami Brady (Alison Sweeney). The ceremony was sweetly officiated by Will's grandmother, Dr. Marlena Evans (Deidre Hall).

"So honored to be part of history right now. Thanks to the LGBT community for inspiring me with your courage and your strength everyday," actor Freddie Smith (ex-Sonny) said on Twitter at the time. 

While "DOOL" made history by airing the first-ever first gay marriage of two men, "All My Children" aired the first same-sex marriage between two females when Eden and Tamara tied the knot in matching gowns back in 2009.