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'Arthur' character Mr. Ratburn came out as gay and got married in the season premiere

Mr. Ratburn from the kids' show "Arthur" came out as gay in the new season's premiere.

By Christina Maxouris, CNN

(CNN) -- PBS animated series "Arthur" is back for its 22nd season and the kids' show kicked off with a wedding. 

In the episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," the title character's third-grade teacher, Mr. Ratburn, marries another male character. 

"It's a brand new world!" one of the students says during the wedding.

Fans of the show on Twitter were quick to express their surprise, both that the teacher is gay and that the show -- a cultural touchstone for many millennials -- is still running.

GLAAD even congratulated the teacher.

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sara 10 days ago
Now on children's shows! Gay/lesbian marriage is wrong (because God says it's wrong, end of story) and it's sad to see it portrayed and encouraged. I used to love that show as a child. It will be one I nor my kids never watch again.
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