'Arthur' Character Mr. Ratburn Has Gay Wedding on PBS Kids Cartoon

Fedor Rostov

Mr. Ratburn enjoyed his first dance with his husband. Several people reacted to the news on social media, with "Arthur" trending on Twitter.

Arthur and his friends Buster, Francine, and Muffy think Mr. Ratburn will be marrying a stern woman named Patty (special guest star Jane Lynch, "Glee"), and try to stop the wedding, anxious that their teacher will become even stricter. Mr. Ratburn is instead marrying a man.

Animation plays a big part in both children's and adults' lives these days - just look at the popularity of online games, TV series such as Paddington, and recent box office hits such as Detective Pikachu.

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While one Twitter user asked why no-one was talking about the fact Patty was also "clearly" gay. "Seems appropriate for Mr. Ratburn", they concluded.

"It's a brand new world!" one of the students says during the wedding.

The unexpected plot line in the Arthur episode isn't the first time the show's featured a gay character.

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In the episode aired on PBS KIDS, the famous aardvark initially believes his strict, cake-loving teacher Mr. Ratburn is tying the knot with a woman named Patty.

Former Education Secretary Margaret Spellings spoke in opposition to the PBS program at the time and said that not all parents would want their children exposed to an LGBT lifestyle.

The episode focuses on Mr. Ratburn's surprise wedding, and Arthur and his pals get very nervous when they think they've met the person Mr. Ratburn is about to marry. Here's hoping more children's series follow suit!

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