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Description for tonight's episode:

"Homer tries to cash in on Springfield's new law allowing same-sex marriages by becoming an ordained minister via the Internet."

See Tribune Article Below The Fold.

From Today's Chicago Tribune:
Coming out in Springfield
Which of 'The Simpsons' regulars is gay -- and will get married when their town legalizes same-sex weddings?

By Stephen Kiehl
Sun Staff
Published February 18, 2005

James Dobson has his work cut out for him.

Last month, the conservative flame-thrower denounced SpongeBob SquarePants - the harmless cartoon sponge who holds hands with his friends and lives in an underwater pineapple - for appearing in a "pro-homosexual video." This weekend, a regular character on The Simpsons will come out and be married in a same-sex wedding.

Simpsons producers haven't revealed which character turns out to be gay, but that hasn't stopped fans from speculating or placing bets on who it might be. Patty Bouvier, the chain-smoking, raspy-voiced sister of Marge who has rarely dated men, seems to be the leading contender - one Web betting site,, stopped taking wagers because so much money was being placed on her.

Link to article HERE

Can't wait to see how many right wingnut heads will explode over this one!

Originally posted to mlkisler on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:15 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Ned Flanders marries Smithers? (none)

    The Cognitive Dissonant... "Bringing Marshmallows to the Firestorms of Freedom!"

    by Dood Abides on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:14:44 PM PST

    •  Keep Flanders where he is. (none)

      Please, please, please make Flanders stay in the hetero camp.  
      Being gay has gotta keep at least a minumum level of membership standards.

      What those standards are, I dunno -- but Flanders is just beyond the pale.  

  •  My Bet (none)
    Carl and Lenny

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:16:54 PM PST

  •  My Daughter Calls Me Homer (none)
    I may be him!

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:18:39 PM PST

  •  Burns (none)
    Gotta be Burns.

    It is no accident that Liberty and Liberal are the same word.

    by Sorceress Sarah on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:19:05 PM PST

  •  Smithers (none)
    It's got to be.  Oh cource they could end up pulling a James McGreevey and have Mayor Quimby end up gay.

    "Why is an American life, worth more to me than a Sundanese life?" Jed Bartlet

    by jkfp2004 on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:19:40 PM PST

  •  Maybe (none)
    Duff Guy and Disco Stu?

    With a big ol' lie And a flag and a pie And a mom and a bible Most folks are just liable To buy any line Any place, any time ~ FZ

    by f furney on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:20:36 PM PST

  •  Smithers (none)
    My money goes on Smithers.  He is damn near openly gay on the show already.


  •  To quote Mr. Burns... (none)
  •  Take the poll!!! (none)
    I diaried this here with Las Vegas odds. I assume that the poll still works, so go ahead and place your bets.
  •  Oh, the smart money's on Patty Bouvier (none)

    ...Don't sweat the petty things, and don't pet the sweaty things....

    by PhillyGal on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:25:14 PM PST

  •  Recommend Me! (4.00)
    OK, sort of a tip jar.

    This is only my thrid diary.

    I love to see it get on the "recommended" list


    When the PEOPLE lead, the LEADERS follow!

    by mlkisler on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:26:30 PM PST

  •  Just saying (none)
    Wouldn't a gay marriage involve at least two gay characters?  Or are they planning to bring in some token new one for the rest of this.

    Flanders would be subversive.  Very subversive. - member of the Democratic Signal Machine

    by Mikey on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:30:30 PM PST

  •  sweet (none)
    its gonna be a gay night of tv for me tonight.  the L word Season 2 premier is tonight and i am stoked :D

    Yeah the revolution starts now..So what you doin' standin' around? -Steve Earle

    by juls on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:35:07 PM PST

  •  Patty and Smithers (none)
    are too obvious.  Smithers is already well-established as a gay character, and various references have been made to Patty's distaste for men.  Besides, Smithers won't get married because he has a crush on Mr. Burns.  Patty probably won't get married either, because it would destroy the longstanding tradition that no matter what else happens during the episode, Patty and Selma always end up living together again in their apartment by the end.  

    The question is, will they pick a well-known character who has been around for a while (as they did when they killed off Maude Flanders), or go with a throwaway (e.g. Duffman, Disco Stu, etc.)  I think that some fans would feel cheated if they went with a throwaway.  Then again, other fans will be upset if it is a popular character (Maude's death was not popular with many).  

    •  Gotta ask. (none)
      How does Patty's distaste for men distinguish her from a whole lotta heterosexual females?  I mean, the women who complain the most about men are usually the ones dating/married to 'em.  

      Just wondering....

      •  Two quotes (none)
        In one episode, Homer and Marge are talking about setting up Selma with a man.  Homer is trying to tell the difference between them, which leads to an exchange that went something like this:

        Homer: But I thought she was that didn't like to be, you know, touched.

        Marge: It's Patty who chose a life of celibacy. Selma simply had celibacy thrust upon her.

        Later in that episode, Patty ends up dating Principal Skinner.  However, she does this very reluctantly.  So Marge's statement still supplies at least some evidence that she dislikes men more than the average woman.  

        Another exchange makes it more explicit.  After Homer runs by naked, Patty says:

        Patty: There goes the last lingering shred of my heterosexuality.

        Of course, that appears in a Halloween episode, and is thus "non-canonical" (because bizarre revelations about characters are often made in Halloween episodes, and then forgotten forever).  Still, it's enough to distinguish her from, say, Marge, who apparently finds naked Homer to be at least acceptably attractive.

      •  gay pride parade (none)
        She was in the gay pride parade as well, on the closet float.

        --- If I were employed, my opinions would be my own and not my employer's.

        by Aexia on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 02:13:17 PM PST

        [ Parent ]

    •  What about (none)
      Comic Book Guy?  He could be gay.

      It's definitly not Smithers. They said the person would "come out". Smithers has been out forever.

      It'd be a hoot if it was Reverand Lovejoy!

  •  Spoiler Alert!! Don't read further... (none)
    From SLATE :

    But the biggest lesbo moment of this television season is still to come: (SPOILER ALERT!!!although the following open secret appeared in print over six months ago, Fox is still officially withholding it:) the outing of Patty Bouvier, Marge's chainsmoking, MacGyver-watching sister on The Simpsons. An upcoming episode has Homer registering online as a minister to perform the series' first gay marriage when Patty meets a lady golf pro who steals her heart. And talk about your slow-burn character development; as far back as 1994, the then-closeted Patty could be heard to observe, upon accidentally seeing Homer naked: "There goes the last lingering shred of my heterosexuality."

    The Cognitive Dissonant... "Bringing Marshmallows to the Firestorms of Freedom!"

    by Dood Abides on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 01:37:59 PM PST

  •  The PropaGannon connection: Harry Shearer (none)
    (Harry Shearer is a frequent voice heard on the Simpsons, many characters)

    .. who had an extensive segment on his public-radio "Le Show" today (archive not yet posted) featuring a replay of JG's questions from press conferences, the background on his websites and a bunch of the chronology, and a mock episode of the ever-marketable "Gannon" blogging about his busy day, interrupting a Georgetown military-sim topping session with a CongressMan ("Get down and give me 20!") to take an urgent call from "Mr. R" in the White House to rush over in a taxi and play some "softball" at a press briefing, where he borrows a CBS reporter's notebook ("I guess I forgot mine again") and doesn't even pay attention during Scott's answer, being busy with a follow-up call from his client ("100 more pushups!)".

    Raines, in Kos's neighborhood
    (who apologizes to anyone who thought this diary was safe from you-know-who references)

  •  Is this show really a right wing hit? (none)
    I keep hearing that, but I haven't seen anything on the show which would so overtly appeal to them, especially the blase attitude towards gays.

    And the Enquirer spoiled this months ago. They're usually right. They picked Patty.

    •  well (none)
      I think creator Matt Groening is actually a Democrat, and they do tend to take shots at Republicans I think.

      I'm so glad Bush wants to make Social Security more faith-based -Roseanne Barr

      by jj32 on Sun Feb 20, 2005 at 06:44:09 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

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