The word “lesbian” was not used in the episode, nor was the word “gay” used in the episode about Mr. Ratburn. However, the show received praise for teaching children thatand women can marry women.
In the season 22 premiere, the students see Mr. Ratburn speaking to an uptight lady, voiced by guest star Jane Lynch. They fear she is the person Mr. Ratburn is going to marry, and they devise a plan to stop the wedding and prevent a life of misery for their teacher.
But the kids chicken out when they get to the wedding and don’t stand up to object to the marriage. Then, they learn the uptight woman is just Mr. Ratburn’s sister, who is officiating the nuptials. When Mr. Ratburn walks down the aisle, he is arm in arm with a man.
The third-graders are happy for their newlywed teacher, but there’s one thing they are mortified by: his dancing.
People took to Twitter when they learned about the episode – but many were sharing their disbelief that “Arthur” was still on the air. Some Twitter users wrote that they hope other TV shows and movies include LGBTQ characters and storylines.
In 2015,across the country. So, regardless of where Arthur’s fictional Elwood City actually is, Mr. Ratburn’s marriage would be recognized.