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.
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.
Image used under fair use with thanks to Marvel Comics.