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Scottish MPs Back Superhero’s Gay Wedding

Scottish MPs Back Superhero’s Gay Wedding

 

Members of the Scottish parliament have backed a motion in support of a forthcoming Astonishing X-Men edition that will see Northstar, or Jean Paul Beaubier, marry his partner Kyle Jinadu.

Reports Robot 6:

Lodged Thursday by Mary Fee, a Scottish Labour Party member representing West Scotland, 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.” It’s supported by eight other Members of the Scottish Parliament.

Northstar and Kyle have been together since 2009

Readers will note the motion also mentions other comic book characters in same-sex marriages, most recently Kevin Keller in the Archie comics series.

Does the Motion to Support the X-Men Gay Marriage Matter?

Of itself, the motion carries no legal weight and is a position statement rather than a matter of legislative or political authority.

However the Scottish government, like the English government, is currently weighing up whether to legalize marriage equality. Add to this that religious conservative groups have attempted to make this a religious issue rather than an issue about civil marriage and this motion takes on a significance it would have otherwise lacked. Also, the language “agrees that same-sex marriage should not be restricted to the world of literature and fantasy” is a strong statement of support for marriage rights, but also broader gay inclusion.

“It’s a fun way of showing some support for the legislation and getting across a positive message,” Tom French from Scotland’s Equality Network commented to Gay Star News.

This statement stands in stark contrast to religious conservative group One Million Moms who, already fretting over the Archie Comics story, launched within hours of the news going public an assault on the forthcoming Marvel edition, saying:

“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?’”

Yes, imagine that.

 

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9:59AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012

WELL well well, what ever next - I will not give it any more thought; Bye.

5:27AM PDT on Jun 2, 2012

Science fiction has been playing with the normalisation of "non-traditional" weddings for years. Robert Heinlein had troikas. There is a casual mention in an episode of Doctor Who (Waters of Mars) to "his husband" and nobody, as far as I know, batted an eyelid.

In a more developed society people will be free to marry whoever they like. Live with it, and get on with the future.

(I put "non-traditional" in quotes for several reasons, one being that there is good evidence of same-sex marriage being practiced by the early church. I may have been giving Peter an unreasonably bad rap when I should have been picking on Augustine!)

8:54PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Stanley J., I would bet most right-wing religious extremists think a mind is simply a terrible thing (It gets in the way of "the Word", see.).

12:17PM PDT on May 31, 2012

Now there's a headline I never thought I'd see.

Good that Marvel are doing this, though. Credit to them.

6:02AM PDT on May 31, 2012

I don't really care for the X-Men anyway. Their superpowers are a delima,anyway!..

12:53AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Be careful, as soon as Trump sees this I'm sure he'll be vocal and oppose it. I mean he has become king of Scotland recently hasn't he?
(He is strongly against wind farms for energy in Scotland and is making stupid demands)

8:18AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Get a grip..... This is so not an issue, but it has been made into one.

Kinda funny if you think about it, tho.

6:09AM PDT on May 30, 2012

As a meme says.."Gay Marriage is legal in 6 states, but having sex with a horse is legal in 23" and THIS is what the Million Moms are up in arms about? Honey if you raise them right, they are going to be happy with whomever they find to love..and THAT is what we should hope and pray for for our children. Marriage and love WITHIN our Species..not outside it. If you want to get up in arms over "Love" then you have a LOT more books to get upset over than a comic book..Twilight, True Blood, Beauty and the Beast, etc. Disney movies promoted everything from Witchcraft ( Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins, Cinderella, Halloweentown, Fantasia to name a couple) to Bestiality ( Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid (half fish), Fantasia), Spouse Abuse (The Parent Trap to name one), Puppy Mills ( 101 Dalmatians), and these are movies they GLADLY have their kids watch. Meanwhile back in real-life..your gender identification, and choices of people you love or are attracted to is somehow shameful and to be protested instead of celebrated. Go get a grip.

4:21AM PDT on May 30, 2012

What a novel way to drum up support for legalizing marriage equality. @ Elaine A, thank you, again, for the entertainment you provide.
Thank you Steve for the article.

3:59AM PDT on May 30, 2012

This should boost sales....

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