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However, as The Baltimore Sun writes, it would have been unlikely for Smithers to be the outed character because it would not have been a surprise to fans, and his love for his heterosexual boss would prevent him from marrying another person. Club wrote that it "wasn't particularly earth-shattering" but that Marge's initial reaction provided a good twist to the episode. Do children need to have gay marriage thrust in their faces as an issue? In the episode, Homer is shown as being tolerant with homosexuality, whereas in "Homer's Phobia" he is portrayed as being strongly homophobic. A long-time character comes out of the closet, but I'm not saying who. For example, in the season thirteen episode " Jaws Wired Shut " she is part of the Springfield Gay Pride Parade 's "stayin' in the closet" float, though only her voice was heard and she was not seen. Afterwards, Marge reconciles with Patty after telling her that she's learned a lesson and has accepted the fact that Patty's a lesbian; they hug after reconciling. He commented that the staff of the show could have made Patty heterosexual again at the end of the episode and leave it how it was before by having her marry Leslie. He said this is why Patty's coming-out did not become as controversial as the episode's examination of the same-sex marriage issue, which was more sensitive in the country then. Stewart Burns received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination in the animation category for his work on "There's Something About Marrying", although he lost the award to another Simpsons writer. He then asks Patty if she'll still marry him, but she declines. Other people think tourists will come to town. While Homer accepts Patty's sexuality, a furious Marge reveals that she doesn't want her with Veronica and still insists she marries a man. Public Opinion and the Politics of Gay Rights, it was the controversial lesbian outing of the main character played by Ellen DeGeneres in the sitcom Ellen in that paved the way for Patty's coming-out in this episode, as well as for many other gay characters on other television shows. But Marge is so moved by Patty's heartfelt declaration of love for Veronica during the ceremony that she reveals Veronica's Adam's apple. A kiss was given odds of seven to five. Happily she decides to keep quiet about it knowing that Patty will be marrying a man. He marries every gay couple in town, and then puts up a sign saying "Will marry anyone to anything. Before the wedding, Marge accidentally discovers Veronica is actually a man, ironically while Veronica is singing Aerosmith 's " Dude Looks Like a Lady " while shaving, and because Veronica left the toilet seat up after leaving. Hundreds of homosexual couples soon arrive to Springfield. The Simpsons bestowed upon something a pop culture status it never had before, simply by being ripe for a joke. Irksome lesbian stereotypes abound, and Nelson the bully suggests they 'legalize gay funerals. Plot[ edit ] Bart and Milhouse torment a tourist named Howell Huser a parody of television personality Huell Howser , who is then chased out of town by bullies Dolph , Jimbo , and Kearney. He told Encore magazine that "gay people came out very much in favor of it and were happy with the episode, but arch conservatives and right-wing Christians loved the episode, too, because they seemed to think we were making fun of gay people. He also fears that the friend will have a negative influence on Bart and decides to ensure Bart's heterosexuality by taking him to do manly things such as hunting. However, Reverend Lovejoy insists that the Bible forbids same-sex marriage and refuses to marry any gay couples.
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