Earlier this week, Marvel Comics' Astonishing X-Men #50 featured, among other things, Canadian hero Northstar proposing to his longtime boyfriend Kyle -- and getting turned down!!! Presumably things will work out in the end, because they are scheduled to host a Central Park wedding next month in Astonishing X-Men #51.
Meanwhile, one of DC comics' editors announced last week that they -- as part of their company-wide reboot -- plan to reintroduce one their previously heterosexual male iconic characters as a gay man. (The current big theory is Golden Age Green Lantern, Alan Scott).
One Million Moms is being more timely this time around and has issued a press release demanding that its followers contact both Marvel Comics and DC Comics and insist that they scrap these story lines -- or else!:
Children desire to be just like superheroes. 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?”You heard it here. One Million Moms wants both Marvel Comics and DC Comics to get rid of sexual orientation in comics. No more Superman and Lois Lane. No more Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman. Heck, no more Franklin and Valerie Richards -- as they are the direct results of their parents' sexual orientations!
This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrinate 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)...
Please send DC Comics (Warner Bros. Entertainment Company) and Marvel (Disney) an email urging them to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately. Ask them to do the right thing and reverse their decision to have sexual orientation displayed to readers.
Unfortunately for OMM, neither Marvel nor DC have any plans to scrap either of these story lines. They are already in the can, so to speak. Marvel in particular has advertised the heck out of Northstar's wedding for a couple months now. They anticipated blow back from groups like OMM and they have preemptively decided to ignore the blow back from groups like OMM. In fact, they are likely hoping for blow back from groups like OMM because it gives them a chance for free publicity and sold out issues like LWA #16!
But I could be wrong. What do you all think?