(Fox News) – The newest season of the children’s cartoon “Arthur” came big news: Mr. Ratburn got married — to a man. The 22nd premiere of the PBS Kids show aired on Monday and featured the strict, cake-loving teacher’s wedding to a chocolatier named Patrick, according to Inside Edition. The episode titled “Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone” also featured Jane Lynch as a guest star, voicing Mr. Ratburn’s sister.
Since it first aired in 1996, “Arthur” hasn’t mentioned Mr. Ratburn’s sexuality until now, though the word “gay” wasn’t used in the episode, according to TVLine. The outlet also reported that Mr. Ratburn isn’t the first openly gay character in the “Arthur” universe. In a 2005 “Postcards from Buster” episode, the cartoon rabbit and friend of Arthur’s met children in Vermont whose mothers were lesbians, though the word “lesbian” was never said in that episode either, TVLine reported. READ MORE