Animated gay wedding sparks protest
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By David Roach - Posted at Baptist Press:
NASHVILLE (BP) -- A petition protesting a same-sex wedding in the animated PBS children's show "Arthur" garnered thousands of signatures in its first day online.
Meanwhile, Ken Ham, founder of the Answers in Genesis (AiG) apologetics ministry, said the gay wedding depiction illustrates "you can't trust what your kids may watch on PBS."
"Arthur" -- a PBS Kids show chronicling the adventures of an elementary school-aged, anthropomorphic aardvark -- included in its season 22 premier May 14 the same-sex wedding of the title character's teacher Mr. Ratburn, according to media reports.
As The Atlantic recounted the season premier, Mr. Ratburn's "students spend the bulk of the episode following him around to meetings with the woman they believe to be his very controlling fiancée and plotting to stop him from marrying her. Then, the episode delivers a surprise twist ... in which the pushy woman planning the wedding is revealed to be Mr. Ratburn's sister, his wedding is revealed to be to another man (a kindly one, who owns a chocolate shop!), and the kids have no real reason to worry about their teacher's personal life."