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DOMA Hits X-Men – Immigration Officials Go After Gay Married Canadian Superhero NorthStar

Comics and graphic novels are going boldly going places with gay storylines and characters that many mainstream media outlets are afraid to travel and have never gone before.  Case in point  the latest issue of Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men.

Immigration enforcement in the comic world is just the same as in the real world it seems and doesn’t care if X-Man Northstar saves American lives for a living; he’s a Canadian citizen and his recent same-sex marriage to American Kyle Jinadu does nothing to change that fact. And thanks to DOMA, which prohibits the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages ICE (Immigration and Custom Officials) come knocking on his door one day when he’s out saving the world.

I applaud Marvel for doing this.  Not only because it incorporates gay characters and their lives into storylines but also because it’s a perfect educational tool.   Sort of like a “DOMA issues for Dummies” primer for young adult readers of comics.  Where they become exposed to the problems facing us that they are unlikely to hear about any other way.


Gay Geek Couple To Be Married In NYC Comic Store On Release of Northstar’s Wedding Issue

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.


Gay Geek Alert! – We’re All Invited To Gay X-Men Superhero Northstar’s Same Sex June Wedding

In the upcoming 51st Issue of Marvel Comics Astonishing X-Men, Northstar X-Men’s gay superhero is set to marry his boyfriend Kyle, but in the past few issues the human and powerless Kyle who’s lack of any superhero or mutant abilities has been putting a strain on their relationship.

But never fear in the current issue Number 49, the boys are back together and seem to be indeed headed to the altar for Issue 51 which will be released in June.

According to comics site Bleeding Cool, the issue ships on June 20th and the company has “secured mainstream coverage both on-air and in print, for something that has never been seen inside the pages of a Marvel comic. Not only that, but some retailers are already saving the date and are hosting special wedding events in their stores

Northstar was the first character to come out at Marvel comics and the most well-known, though there have been several openly gay characters since then. While the X-Men are currently based in San Francisco, Northstar is a French-Canadian hero and since same sex marriage is legal in Canada its a good bet that the venue will be North of the Border.