Scottish parliamentary motion supports gay comic book wedding

Stephen Gray May 28, 2012
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Ten members of the Scottish parliament have backed a motion in support of the two gay X-Men characters due to wed in their comic’s next issue.

The current issue of Astonishing X-Men, No. 50, sees Jean-Paul Beaubier, whose alter-ego, Northstar, can move at super-human speeds, proposing to his partner Kyle Jinadu.

Northstar’s super speed does not apply in every area, having been in a relationship with Jinadu for three years before popping the question and tying the knot in issues No. 51.

The move impressed Labour MSP Mary Fee to table a motion to say that such weddings should not remain in the realm of fantasy.

According to Robot 6, 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.”

The pair’s wedding will be featured in the next issue, out on 20th of June, Marvel Comics has confirmed.

DC Comics announced last week that a previously established character was to come out as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, with the two major comic producers’ pro-gay storylines angering the group One Million Moms.

The group said publishers wanted “to indoctrate [sic] 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.”

Although the motion has no legislative force, the Scottish government concluded its public consultation on marriage equality in December 2011 and its conclusions are due to be published next month.

Ms Fee’s motion was supported by Kezia Dugdale, John Finnie, Patrick Harvie, Claudia Beamish, Bob Doris, Jim Eadie, Marco Biagi, Elaine Murray and Joan McAlpine.

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