If you don’t want to know which character on The Simpsons comes out of the closet in an upcoming episode, stop reading now.

In response to the current same-sex marriage debate raging across America, writers of the hit cartoon series have created an episode where gay marriage is legalised in Springfield.

According to reports, when Homer is ordained as a minister so he can marry gay couples, his chain-smoking sister-in-law Patty reveals she is a lesbian and wants to tie the knot with her girlfriend.

The episode directly criticises US president George Bush’s condemnation of gay marriage and his plan to ban it.

There have been rumours about which character would come out on the show since its creators revealed the gay marriage storyline some months ago.

The episode is expected to air in America in late 2004 or early next year.

The sitcom will create further controversy in an episode when Marge delivers a Christmas speech to the British public, which will rival Queen Elizabeth II ‘s traditional message.

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