Alabama Public Television refused to broadcast an episode of "Arthur" last week in which a wedding between two men was presented, and chose instead to play a relaunch episode.
APT programming director Mike Mckenzie told AL.com on Monday he does not plan to broadcast the episode.
"Parents have relied on Alabama Public Television for more than 50 years to provide programs for children that entertain, educate and inspire," said Mckenzie. "Most importantly, although we strongly encourage parents to watch TV with their children and talk about what they have learned afterwards, parents are confident that their children can see APT without their supervision. We also know that children who are younger than Arthur's "target" audience also see the program. "
The long-running children's cartoon caused a stir last week with his episode "Mr. Someone Special of Ratburn", in which the master of the titular character marries another man. Many applauded the program for including representation of an LGBTQ relationship, while conservatives like Sebastian Gorka lamented that the cartoon wedding was "a war for our culture."
AL.com noted that APT also refused to broadcast an episode of "Arthur" in 2005 that included a character with two mothers.
"Our feeling is that we basically have a trust with parents about our programming," said APT executive director Allan Pizzato. "This program does not fit into that."
See the episode on the PBS site here.