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Arthur and Marshall almost share a kiss in Emmerdale

Is Arthur right in thinking that Jai is trying to suppress his sexuality?

When Marshall stands up for Arthur to a bully in front of Nicola and April there is a moment between the two boys as Arthur realises Marshall really is on his side.

The next day, after Arthur tells her that his LGBTQ History assembly has been cancelled, Laurel makes a call to the school and after her call discloses that one parent complained.

When Jai makes an insensitive comment, a bewildered Arthur confronts him, accusing him of being the one that called to cancel the assembly.

Hurt, Arthur feels as though Jai is encouraging him to suppress his sexuality and go back in the closet, leaving Jai pained.

Later, Marshall comes to check on Arthur after the assembly is cancelled and feeling as if no one is being straight with him, Arthur warns him that if he's not being honest then he needs to leave.

As Marshall's cool boy bravado is stripped away, they almost share a kiss but when Marshall’s dad calls and the moment is broken. Panicking, Marshall rushes off.

The next day, an upset Laurel has to tell Arthur that he can do his presentation at the assembly but only when some parents have withdrawn their children. Will Laurel be able to support her son through this?

Emmerdale continues Mondays to Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV1

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