Saturday, May 26, 2012

Scottish Parliament Entertaining Motion to Welcome Northstar's Gay Wedding // Promote Marriage Equality!

I wrote yesterday about the group called One Million Moms who are upset about Marvel Comics' planned gay wedding next month. I learned this morning about another prominent group that is actually a bit excited about the wedding of Northstar and Kyle Jinadu: The Scottish Parliament!:
A motion has been introduced in Scottish Parliament to acknowledge the wedding Northstar and to declare that “same-sex marriage should not be restricted to the world of literature and fantasy.”

Lodged Thursday by Mary Fee, a Scottish Labour Party member representing West Scotland, the motion states: “That the Parliament welcomes the news that the Marvel comic, X-Men, will feature its first same-sex marriage, which will feature Northstar, believed to be the first openly gay comic superhero; understands that, in 1992, Marvel was the first comic publisher to reveal a gay superhero; notes that Northstar is not the first gay character to have had a same-sex marriage in the comic book world, and agrees that same-sex marriage should not be restricted to the world of literature and fantasy.” It’s supported by eight other Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Obviously the motion carries no legislative weight; they’re routinely introduced as an expression of support (for instance, Fee lodged a motion earlier this month recognizing comedian Eddie Izzard’s effort to run 27 marathons in 27 days as a tribute to Nelson Mandela). Still, it’s interesting to see how, just two days after Marvel officially announced the marriage of Northstar and Kyle Jinadu, a comic-book plot development (or marketing ploy, as some would argue) has been seized upon to advance a larger, global social issue.

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