Congratulations Mr. Ratburn!
The affable elementary school educator came out as gay and tied the knot with a man in the season 22 premiere of PBS Kids show “Arthur” that aired Monday.
The same-sex nuptials followed an investigation by titular aardvark character Arthur and his pals into Ratburn’s home life, during which they initially believed the rat was getting hitched to a bossy woman (voiced by “Glee” star Jane Lynch, who is gay) who turned out to be his sister.
The episode ― titled “Mr. Ratburn the Special Someone” ― did not actually explicitly acknowledge that the ceremony involved two male characters.
But the storyline for the cartoon, which in 2005 pulled an episode including lesbian mothers following a backlash, was widely welcomed on Twitter.
The social media platform was flooded with loving messages for the newlyweds:
Mr. Ratburn being gay is *my* Game of Thrones finale
— 𝚂𝚊𝚕 𝙼𝚊𝚝𝚝𝚘𝚜’ 𝚃𝚎𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 (@salmattos) May 13, 2019
1) Shoutout to Mr. Ratburn!
2) Arthur has been on TV forever. Season 22?? https://t.co/27W8Xo1NhA
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) May 13, 2019
for real tho I have loved mr. ratburn basically my whole life, it honestly lifts my heart to see he has a husband now
— Son Of a Bitch 🤠 (@ZaneJuIien) May 13, 2019
Check out the full episode here.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.