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Byron Brewer

What the D'ast? Same-sex weddings in comics


(Editor's Note: The following is an opinion article and does necessarily reflect the thoughts and opinions of Cosmic Book News.)



Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Was it President Obama’s public admission of backing same-sex marriage that spurred such a controversy of gay rights and characters, or was it the solicited union of X-Man Northstar, openly gay for years and years, and his boyfriend Kyle that caused their coming nups to be discussed everywhere from this website to The View?

Add to that DC’s plans to reboot a character into the New 52 that was previously straight and now will be gay. In Stormwatch, a great cosmic book that really needs hype, there are two gay characters who have a relationship. Maybe DC can get that mag touted like Astonishing X-Men #s 50 and 51 have been.

It was during an interview with ABC News earlier this month that President Obama said, “I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

It’s no secret the President has gone through some soul-searching on this issue. He’s talked to the First Lady about it, like so many couples do.  He’s heard from folks—gay and lesbian friends, staff members in long-term, loving relationships, as well as brave young servicemen and women he got to know through the fight to end “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” 

He’s sat around his kitchen table with Sasha and Malia, who have friends whose parents are same-sex couples. As the President said during the interview, “It wouldn’t dawn on them that somehow their friends’ parents would be treated differently. It doesn’t make sense to them. And frankly, that’s the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective -- not wanting to somehow explain to your child why somebody should be treated differently when it comes to eyes of the law.”

Even though this is the 21st century, this remains a controversial subject – to some on a moral plane, to some on a religious plane. I never like using the words of the Bible against anything, never have. Instead I like to use the words of the Bible FOR things – things like love, peace, joy, understanding, not being judgmental, things like that.


As comic creators Chris Claremont and Brent Anderson demonstrated so richly and intellectually in their 1982 graphic novel (also an X-Men production), God Loves, Man Kills, the words of the Bible can be used and manipulated to back just about anything, including hatred, prejudice, war, murder and a thousand and one other sins.

I am straight. I have straight friends, I have gay friends, I have black friends, I have Hispanic friends, I have Native American friends and my grandfather was an immigrant to this land. From Scotland and white, but an immigrant nonetheless.

The only thing I detest more than overt prejudice is when prejudice (and often its popular form, racism) is used as a shield to demand more for one class of people over another. In America, we are all equal and that is how we should be treated.

As by buddy, CBNE-I-C Matt McGloin, so eloquently put it the other day:

“I got an idea: How about (Marvel and DC) concentrating on putting out good quality stories? Stories that will get ALL folks talking, and hopefully via word of mouth, get more folks into the LCS's! And then maybe the big news outlets can report on the increase in readership?”

I concur.

It is nice that comic book companies are getting publicity for their excellent movies and social standings, sure. But wouldn’t it be better if comic book companies were getting publicity for putting out excellent, intelligent and entertaining comic books with large, appreciative readerships?

So which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Guess we’ll never know.