In honor of the release of “Astonishing X-Men No. 51,” in which X-Men superhero Northstar marries his boyfriend Kyle, the first same sex wedding in the Marvel universe. Gay geeks Scott Everhart and Jason Welker a couple from Columbus, Ohio, will be one of two same sex coupes tying the knot at Midtown Comics’ satellite store in the financial district of New York City.
Everhart and Welker were selected from more than 50 applicants after Gerry Gladston, one of the store’s owners, announced their search for a gay couple to be married in the store on the day of the release of NorthStars and Kyles wedding. There were a handful of negative messages, but the supportive ones drowned them out.
“We’re proud to take this opportunity to promote equality and tolerance, which is the message of the X-Men themselves.” Gladston said.
“It’s a huge step for us as a couple, but also for us in the community,” said Jason Welker. The men plan to have a follow-up ceremony in Ohio (where same sex marriage is not legal or recognized) for friends and family who could not make it to New York on such short notice. “My brother will be really angry with me if he doesn’t get to be my best man,” Welker said.
A reception will follow at the Eventi Hotel in Chelsea, which is accommodating the couple, with traditional wedding music as well as some superhero tunes.