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February 21st, 2005

The Simpsons & Gay Marriage

So last night was the ballyhooed Simpsons episode where a regular character came out of the closet. In this case it was Patty, Marge’s sister, instead of odds-on favorite Smithers (although that’s a given.) I’d also like to note that I wasn’t in the least bit surprised, in part because I had seen a few articles over the past few months about a gay characters on the show, almost always accompanied by a photo of… Patty. Thanks!

The show itself was pretty good, although the plot was obviously lifted from the monorail episode. Springfield needed an economic boost, and instead of a monorail (monorail! Monorail!) this time it was gay marriage – without a song-and-dance. Homer ends up marrying all of the city’s gay couples.

There were some interesting parts of the show, especially when Marge confronted Rev. Lovejoy regarding the Bible’s teachings on gay marriage; moreover though, it was nice to see the issue confronted in the media in a slightly new way. After all, love means never having to say you’re sorry (Ryan, that’s two 35-year-old references. Boom!)

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