Alabama Public Television (APT) has refused to broadcast a cartoon which shows a same-sex wedding. The first episode of the 22nd series of children’s programme Arthur features the character Mr Ratburn marrying his aardvark partner, Patrick.
The US broadcaster is said to object to the wedding due to the characters not being related, making it a most unusual Alabama wedding indeed!
Featuring a gay inter-species marriage is a step too far for the old fashioned state, where a huge 46% identify as conservative.
Theresa May is said to be considering moving there to tap into this support for her Brexit Bill.
APT previously refused to broadcast a 2005 episode of the show which depicted Buster, a rabbit, visiting a girl who had two mothers.
Rumours one of the mothers was a post-op transsexual were denied at the time by the shows makers.
Substitute teacher Misty Souder told news website AL.com that she and her daughter were disappointed the episode did not run and had contacted the network about it. “I never thought I’d be going to battle for a gay rat wedding, but here we are,” she said.
It was not clear if Ms Souder was prepared to battle for gay rights for other members of the animal kingdom but she did say she hoped ‘no-one mentioned Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street to ATP,’ for fear over their reaction to that bombshell!