Protest Group Asks Marvel, DC, to Abandon Gay Characters
by Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer
Date: 25 May 2012 Time: 12:19 PM ET
Citing religious reasons for their objections, One Million Moms wrote, "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)." They later further clarify their problem with Marvel and DC, saying their comics are "prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation" between parents and children. This outcry comes after Marvel's revelation this week that openly gay superhero Northstar will marry his long-time boyfriend, Kyle, in June's Astonishing X-Men #51; and news from last weekend's Kapow convention in London that DC Comics will soon re-introduce a formerly straight male character as gay, also in June. The campaign has received a mix of anger and derision among the comic book community, with Marvel's current Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott posting on Twitter, "Dear @1milmoms, thank you for the boycotts. They increase sales as people buy extra copies to spite you. PLEASE boycott my book too." Kurt Busiek, who has written extensively for both Marvel and DC, called the group's legitimacy into question: "One Million Moms: There aren't a million of them and their board is mostly men. If they lie about who they are, they'll lie about anything."
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