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Alabama Public Television refuses to air ‘Arthur’ episode featuring gay marriage

“I never thought I’d be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are."

Mr. Ratburn and his husband, Patrick, in a scene from the PBS Kids show "Arthur." –WGBH & PBS KIDS

Alabama Public Television refuses to air a recent episode of the PBS children’s show “Arthur’’ that featured the gay wedding of a favorite teacher, Mr. Ratburn, and his partner, an aardvark named Patrick.

AL.com was first to report the news Monday, a week after the episode aired nationwide. The website confirmed that APT has no plans to show the episode, “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,’’ in the future.

“Arthur’’ is produced by WGBH Boston and Oasis Animation Inc., according to the show’s website. The series, which is based on the series of children’s books by Marc Brown, has won a Peabody Award, a BAFTA, and multiple daytime Emmys.

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June 18, 2019 | 8:55 AM