Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) is seeking to defund PBS following the network’s decision to air an episode of the children’s cartoon “Arthur” which featured a same-sex wedding.
The episode featured Arthur’s teacher Mr. Ratburn marrying Patrick, an aardvark and local chocolate shop owner.
The same-sex wedding caused plenty of controversy and was even banned from airing on Alabama Public Television. Now, Lamborn is calling to defund PBS for airing the gay wedding.
In a column for the right-wing publication The Daily Signal, Lamborn says “PBS writers deemed it appropriate to preach their liberal views on same-sex marriage to America’s young children.”
“Taxpayers now know with complete certainty that the goal of the PBS cartoon is to impart social liberalism to children,” he continued.“Enough is enough. It is time to stop sending our hard-earned tax money to support programming that is objectionable to many Americans. That’s why I’m reintroducing a bill to cut off all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS.”
Lamborn claims public media programming is” becoming more antagonistic toward conservative and religious viewpoints.”
“Parents and churches should be the ones discussing marriage and family with their children—not PBS. To target children in this way is a complete affront to religious Americans,” he writes.
Despite the backlash, “Arthur” creator Marc Brown stands by the episode.
“I’m really proud of that episode,” Brown told People. “And I will defend it to anybody who wants to talk about it.”