The American Family Association’s Christian group One Million Moms has launched a campaign to prevent homosexuality from appearing in comic book universes. They have gone so far as to ask Marvel and DC to change current homosexual themes and to cancel all future plans of homosexual content as soon as possible.
This is not the first time One Million Moms has protested homosexual characters in comic books. Their first campaign was to stop the production and sale of a Life with Archie comic that featured the marriage of the series’ first gay character, Kevin Keller. The campaign was unsuccessful, however, and the issue of Life with Archie sold out in toy stores across the country.
Comic book writers have responded on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter stating that they welcomed the protest as the media attention can only serve to increase their sales.
Marvel and DC’s inclusion of homosexual characters may not be new to their respective universes, but it has drawn a great deal of media attention because both labels have declared homosexual themes are to appear in upcoming issues.
DC Comics announced plans to reveal that one of its recurring characters is gay, around the same time that Marvel’s new issue of Astonishing X-Men featured Northstar proposing to his boyfriend.
One Million Moms takes issue with these recent plot developments, stating that “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?'”
The organization went on to preach their extreme anti-gay sentiments, declaring that the inclusion of gay characters is “ridiculous”: “Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They 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 into thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin.”
Alex Alonso, the Editor-in-Chief at Marvel Comics issued the following statement: “For over 70 years, Marvel’s comics have reflected the world outside your window and Astonishing X-Men #50 carries on that tradition. We’re proud to create stories that are not only relevant to the issues facing a modern audience but that also explore these nuanced subjects in a compelling manner. We’ve planned the release of this comic for over a year but the recent discussion of gay marriage, spurred by the comments of President Obama, makes the release of Astonishing X-Men #50 even more timely. The passionate discourse between our fans on both sides of this matter shows that we’ve struck a chord with our millions of fans around the world.”
Astonishing X-Men’s #51 issue featuring Northstar and Kyle Jinadu’s wedding will be released on June 20.