Arthur: Alabama bans episode of kids’ show featuring same-sex wedding

Episode was deemed inappropriate for the states young viewers by Alabama Public Television

Alabama Public Television has refused to air a recent episode of a childrens program that featured a same-sex wedding.

An episode of the popular animated series Arthur, titled Mr Ratburn and the Special Someone, was deemed inappropriate for the states young viewers by Mike McKenzie, the director of programming for the station, saying broadcasting it would be a violation of trust.

The series, which has aired since 1996, follows the adventures of the titular eight-year-old aardvark. In the episode in question, he and his classmates overhear their teacher Mr Ratburn, who is a rat, discussing plans for a wedding with a woman, who they assume is his bride-to-be. At the end of the episode its revealed that the woman is his sister and that he is actually marrying Patrick, an aardvark. The children, in attendance at the wedding with their parents, delight at the surprise.

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Congratulations Mr. Ratburn!

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