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Alabama Won’t Air The Gay Wedding On ‘Arthur’ But Couldn’t Resist Legislating Your Uterus

Children in Alabama won’t be watching the groundbreaking episode of “Arthur,” at least not on any of the states PBS affiliates.

Alabama Public Television has chosen not to air the Season 22 premiere of the hit kids show because it lovingly features a same-sex marriage.

Sorry, Alabama, you’re missing out.

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PBS affiliates in Alabama didn’t join in with the 8-year-old aardvark and his friends as they celebrated their instructor’s nuptials, refusing to air the episode. The network said they would “violate” their audience’s trust if they were to air it.

The episode, titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone,” shows Arthur and his pals’ beloved teacher getting married to another man. The kids initially think Mr. Ratburn is marrying a woman, another rat, but she turns out to be Mr. Ratburn’s sister. Instead, he marries an aardvark named Patrick.

So Alabama, this is how you should have reacted.

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Because 100% same! It’s 2019, I’m in my 30s, and I’m just finding out that Mr. Ratburn is gay?!

Or maybe like this considering discrimination towards same-sex couples is an actual threat.

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Even though same-sex marriage is legal even in Alabama. Although the state’s former Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore was removed from his post for trying to circumvent marriage equality in 2016.

But apparently, this isn’t the first time Alabama stole “Arthur” from kids.

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I mean it almost seems like PBS in Alabama just doesn’t want Alabama to know that gay people exist…

I mean even conservative news hosts are coming out and putting Alabama on blast for this ridiculous decision.

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Like real talk: you know things are bad when conservatives pundits come out to support a same-sex marriage between a rat and an aardvark.

Many on Twitter were quick to point out what I think many of us are already thinking:

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This would at least help explain some of the insanity coming out of the state over the last few months.

But some were a bit more blunt.

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I mean this news is coming from Alabama which just made it a law so that a raped 11-year-old girl could have to carry a pregnancy to term. WTF?

Like this is the state that just took away a woman’s constitutional right to an abortion.

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The banning of the “Arthur” episode is just another incident in a troubling pattern of attacking people’s rights.

The Alabama abortion law wasn’t just an attack on women but women of color in particular. Latinas are more than twice as likely as non-POC to seek an abortion for reasons ranging from economic insecurity to racism and reduced opportunities.

Some on Twitter couldn’t help but point out the shocking irony in this latest news out of the state.

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Like seriously Alabama, where are your priorities?

Though not all in Alabama were celebrating the decision.

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Thankfully, not everyone in Alabama supported the homophobic move. And to each of you, know that you can still stream the episode online!

And thank you to this Twitter user who clapped back at a state that seems to be turning its back on anyone who isn’t a straight, white, male!

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Seriously, Alabama, come on! It’s 2019 and the world is changing. Get. With. It.

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