Melanie Marcus, Queer as Folk
Melanie Marcus (Michelle Clunie)
Melanie was the domestic partner (and later wife) of Lindsey Peterson. Lindsey and Melanie were seen as the stable couple on the show even though they had their share of problems over the seasons. They had two children together, Lindsay was the biological mother of Gus (via artificial insemination from their friend Brian Kinney), and Melanie the biological mother of Jenny Rebecca from donor and friend Michael Novotny.
Melanie and Lindsey were rarely the focal point of the storylines on the show and even though they both had successful careers most of their storylines revolved around them being mothers. Most of their struggles involved parental rights and custody battles for their children.
Over the course of the show’s 5 seasons, they dealt with infidelity twice, once when Melanie had an one-night stand with a woman in Season 1, and again when Lindsay has an affair with a man, Sam, in Season 4. Both incidents cause them to separate for a while.
At the end of the series Lindsey and Melanie reconciled and decided to move to Canada with their children, to avoid further government and personal discrimination for being a same-sex couple.
- 83 episodes.
Female love interests:
- Lindsay Peterson (Thea Gill, lesbian, regular, 83 episodes, wife)
Relationship story arc with a woman: Yes
No male love interests
Relationship story arc with a man: No
Male love interest after being identified as a lesbian? No
Filter Relationship Arc:
Storyline during sweeps? No
 A relationship story arc is defined as explicit, developed on screen, and lasting more than 3 episodes. It is listed as questionable or subtext if romance is only implied, mentioned instead of shown on screen, part of a dream sequence, or otherwise not explicit for the viewer.
 Sweeps episodes air in February, May, July and November, the periods when advertising rates are set. A character is marked as "sweeps" when there is a very limited number of episodes that address their sexuality, all air during sweeps period, and the storyline is otherwise ignore/dropped.