Here are the facts:
- The Marvel Comics superhero, Northstar, a Canadian (Yay!) mutant and current member of the X-Men, has will marry his boyfriend next month.
- The Canadian mutant – who was introduced to readers in 1979 as a member of Alpha Flight (think of them as the Northern Avengers) – was one of the first Marvel characters to reveal he was gay, back in 1992.
Rival publisher DC Comics – not wishing to be undone – recently announced that one of its established heroes will be coming out of the closet soon.
The advocate group, One Million Moms, is so mad they could spit.
“Children desire to be just like superheroes,” reads the missive on the One Million Moms website. “Children mimic superhero actions and even dress up in costumes to resemble these characters as much as possible. Can you imagine little boys saying, ‘I want a boyfriend or husband like X-Men?’ This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrate [sic] impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).”
You know what else is a sin? Hating someone because they’re different.
Although, being gay in 2012 – even if you’re a mutant superhero – is not all that different.
I’m at a loss to understand all the fuss about this situation; why shouldn’t Northstar be allowed to be as frustrated – sexually and otherwise – as most straight married individuals?
Personally, I think Marvel should insert a few panels into Astonishing X-men #51 that include Northstar’s fellow X-Man Wolverine slicing and dicing a few members of One Million Moms into hors d’oeuvres to be served at the reception.
Sounds crazy, I know….
But so is objecting to a gay wedding – fictional or otherwise – in 2012.
- Gay mutant in comic’s first superhero same-sex wedding (thesun.co.uk)
- Marvel Comics plans June wedding for gay X-Men superhero Northstar and boyfriend Kyle Jinadu (miamiherald.typepad.com)
- One Million Moms Target Marvel And DC Comics Over Gay Characters (geeksintoyland.wordpress.com)