It seems like the One Million Moms will not stop until homosexuality is totally out of their children’s lives. First they targeted JC Penney after the retail giant decided to hire lesbian Ellen DeGeneres to be its spokesperson and then the Moms planned a boycott against Toys ‘R’ Us after the toy store started to sell an “Archie” comic with the first openly gay, interracial couple in Riverdale. They have not really shifted their focus since their last controversial move since the Moms are now pointing fingers at DC Comics and Marvel for making gay characters staples in their most popular comic book titles.
On their website the One Million Moms believe the comics strongly influence the youth of today:
“Children desire to be just like superheroes. 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?. Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to homosexuality at an early age. Comic books would be one of the last places a parent would expect their child to be confronted with homosexual topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Children do not know what straight, homosexual, or coming out of the closet even means, but DC Comics and Marvel are using superheroes to confuse them on this topic to raise questions and awareness of an alternative lifestyle choice. These companies are prompting a premature discussion on sexual orientation.”
The group wants all supporters to send “an email urging the companies to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately.” The spark that lit the fire with the One Million Moms was Marvel Comics announced that a June 20th issue of the “Amazing X Men” will feature the first gay wedding: first openly gay hero Northstar to his longtime boyfriend Kyle.
The Huffington Post reported that Northstar came out in the comic book pages in 1992 and in 2002 gay couple Apollo and the Midnighter were married in the series “The Authority,” which is published by DC’s Wildstorm imprint. After that numerous gay, lesbian, or transgender heroes or villains have emerged in the comic book world, including Batwoman and Hulking and Wiccan from “Young Avengers.”
Marvel editor-in-chief , Axel Alonso, explained the reasoning for a same-sex marriage in the X Men universe:
“The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality.”
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