Hit cartoon series The Simpsons are pushing for gay marriage rights in America with a shocking episode featuring chain-smoking twin PATTY wedding another woman.

Animated father HOMER is ordained as a minister and marries MARGE's sister to her dream woman in the eagerly-awaited show, which criticises American President George W Bush's refusal to allow homosexual marriage.

The sitcom will create further controversy later this year (04) when Marge will deliver a Christmas speech to the British public, which will rival monarch Queen Elizabeth II's traditional festive message.

30/09/2004 02:45