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Gay “Archie” Character is Getting Married

Gay “Archie” Character is Getting Married

It remains to be seen whether iconic comic book character Archie will finally marry Betty or Veronica, but Archie’s pal Kevin will soon be tying the knot — with another man!

Kevin Keller, introduced last year in an issue of Veronica, became the comic book series’ first gay character and an instant hit with readers. His debut issue sold out in record time, prompting the first ever reprinting in Archie history.

The comic’s upcoming same-sex marriage is predicted to break further new ground.

“It will be the first gay marriage depicted in an Archie Comics publication, and among the first depicted in mainstream comic books in general,” reports The Advocate.

Critics have praised the Archie comics for addressing issues surrounding gay teenagers. Through Kevin, the series will also explore gays in the military. An Archie Comics press release revealed that Kevin serves in the military after high school and returns to hometown Riverdale as a decorated war hero.

His wedding will appear in a January 2012 issue of Life With Archie, a spin-off series that follows the central characters as twenty-something adults.

“Kevin is the all-American teenager who just happens to be gay,” said Dan Parent, who created Kevin. “We wanted it to be an important factor, yet it doesnít completely define him either. The reaction from the Riverdale gang is basically a non-reaction, because Riverdale is an accepting and tolerant community where itís OK to be gay.”

Presenting strong, well-rounded LGBT characters like Kevin is an important step toward acceptance and tolerance in the real world, too. Archie‘s decision to run a storyline about same-sex marriage reflects growing support for LGBT equality amid ever-increasing mainstream visibility. Hopefully, readers will embrace Kevin’s marriage as much as his coming out.

So who’s the lucky guy wedding this comic book catch, anyway? For now, the publishers are keeping the identity of Kevin’s “Mr. Right” a secret.

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11:07PM PDT on May 27, 2012

Marvel, Archie Comics and Dc are going downhill, America was once a God Fearing Country, but look at them now, such a terrible loss. LGBT and other stuff.

2:33AM PDT on May 25, 2012

I grew up with Archie and the gang. This is good to see and with the Marvel same sex marriage, things really are moving forward, no matter how much the religious right want to complain.

2:39PM PDT on Sep 19, 2011

I'm glad, everyone should be seen as equals and standing ovation to Archie comics. Gays should not be seen as bad, in fact the term Gay means happy so let them be happy. :)

8:53AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Awesome!!!

4:16AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

the cover says "who is the hot new guy". and some people love the idea of the hot, cute, sexy gay guy. Like those YAOI loving girls.

but, a short, plump guy can be gay.

2:57AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Thanks for the article.

12:00PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

I applaud them for being modern. Contrary to what many people would like to believe, gay people are everywhere and are a part of mainstream society and are human beings that deserve respect, consideration, freedom and equal rights just as anybody else does.

mohamed ibrahim a., what exactly are trying to say?

9:30AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

god save us

1:41AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

Well at least Archie is keeping up with the times. :-) I've never read it aside from quick a skim through at the checkout line when bored, but I'm glad they are trying to promote tolerance. A nice sign than gay people are becoming more accepted culturally too.

12:43AM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

cool =] a progressive way to make sales.

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