One Million Moms Call To Arms Against Gay Characters In Comics

Posted Thursday, May 24th, 2012 08:00 pm GMT -4 by 0

One Million Moms, the group of bigots that attempted unsuccessfully to stop a gay character from appearing in Archie Comics, is back at it again. This time it’s in response to the publicity surrounding DC and Marvel’s recent news on gay characters. They are of course referring to the announcement that one of DC’s formerly straight characters is about to come out as a gay man and the marriage of Marvel hero Northstar to his long-time boyfriend Kyle.

This call to action from One Million Moms (who’s actual membership is allegedly much less than the name implies) seems to me to be just an attempt at publicity. It won’t make a difference… at least not in the way they think. Heck! I’m inclined to go buy some of the issues in question just for spite.

Below is their full press release on their attempts to have people write letter to the DC and Marvel publishers to stop sexual expression in comics. What’s slightly amusing is that they’re not just asking that gay sexuality be taken it, but all sexuality at all. So no Green Arrow/Black Canary, no Peter/Mary Jane, and definitely no Batman/Catwoman.

DC Comics AND Marvel Superheroes Come Out of the Closet

Part 1: DC Comics recently announced one of their most popular, but as of yet unnamed, prominent characters will soon be coming out of the closet. DC Comics, owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, has decided that one of their beloved superheroes will be homosexual. Who will they choose; Batman, Superman, Flash, Green Lantern, Plastic Man, or another one of their characters that children look up to?

Last year, DC Comics Co-publisher Dan DiDio said that the company would not change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero and would bring in a new one altogether. Parents may have been able to avoid a new character since it would not be one many children have grown to admire. DiDio has changed his mind and will not be introducing a brand new character. They will feature an existing character who was previously assumed to be straight, will now become openly gay. Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne said DiDio’s view ‘had evolved’, comparing the shift to Barack Obama’s recent endorsement of same-sex marriage, according to a report. DiDio did not specify which character would ‘come out’ or in which issue it would be featured. It will likely be a June issue during LBGT month, joining lesbian character Batwoman.

Part 2: And to make matters more shocking, Marvel, now owned by Disney, followed DC Comics’ announcement with a surprise of their own. Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay hero, is going to tie the knot with his boyfriend in the current issue of “Astonishing X-Men.” This is the first same-sex wedding in a superhero comic book.

In “Astonishing X-Men” #50, which hit comic shop shelves Wednesday, Northstar proposes to his boyfriend, Kyle, a fellow snow sports enthusiast who possesses no superpowers. The couple will seal the deal in issue #51, slated for a June 20 release.

“The story of Northstar and Kyle is universal, and at the core of everything I write: a powerful love between two people who have to fight for it against all odds,” said X-Men comic writer Marjorie Liu in a statement.

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?”

This is ridiculous! Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models? They don’t but do want to indoctrate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals in a positive light. These companies are heavily influencing our youth by using children’s superheroes to desensitize and brainwash them in thinking that a gay lifestyle choice is normal and desirable. As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin (Romans 1:26-27).

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.

Northstar’s wedding will be the first same-sex wedding in the world of mainstream superhero comics, but not the first gay comic books character. Earlier this year One Million Moms emailed Toys ‘R’ Us concerning the “Life With Archie” No. 16 with two gay characters getting hitched. Toys ‘R’ Us had the audacity to display “Archie- Just Married” at the front of the store by the checkout counters.

TAKE ACTION

Please send DC Comics (Warner Bros. Entertainment Company) and Marvel (Disney) an email urging them to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately. Ask them to do the right thing and reverse their decision to have sexual orientation displayed to readers.

Just after this news broke, Dan Slott (the great writer behind the current run of ‘Amazing Spider-Man’) tweeted the following response:

Actually, we already have two openly gay characters in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: Peter’s boss at Horizon Labs, Max Modell, and his partner, Hector. We just treat it like an everyday thing. Which it is. From my P.O.V. there was no real need for Max to “come out” or to make an issue out of his sexual orientation. In Spidey’s world, Max is a Steve Jobs/Bill Gates level celebrity. So everyone already knows about it.

You go, Dan! That’s exactly how it should be. Whether a character (or a person for that matter) is gay or straight shouldn’t even be news in this day and age.

  • HiSunny

    I am completely irritated by this action …

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VVHGFY6INZQ5SX4HLNUF4NSIE Stanley J

       your welcome to be a  bigot   .  the world is passing you by..  As they said long ago about Benedict Arnold, you will be  unloved, dishonored and disgraced

      • Faust_ae

        So now disliking an action, or merely
        disagreeing with something qualifies one as a bigot? I find it so
        amazing, yet fundamentally disconcerting that those who clamor so
        openly for acceptance and diversity of any and everything have such a
        hard time tolerating the opinions of those who merely disagree with
        them. Here’s a tip, bigot as implied above is an epithet, you already
        lost the argument. However, along those lines I have a word for you
        (all things being equal) SANCTIMONIOUS.

        • Frodo2894

          One million Moms is free to have their own opinion but why should DC or Marvel censor themselves even more than they already do to please people who rarely read the comics as opposed to their own fans. If they you don’t like it you don’t have to read it, if you don’t want your kids to read it, then be a parent and explain to them that you don’t want them reading it. They refusing to take responsibility for their kids and that’s what pisses me off.

          • Faust_ae

             I don’t think they should, I am merely pointing out the rampant hypocrisy of those who would seek to silence opposition with the use of epithets — bigot, racist, etc. Welcome to the real world, this isn’t second grade, no one holds your hand, and people feel differently for equally valid reasons which are their own. I agree, American parenting is increasingly based on the “village” method, in that the government is the other partner in the parenting — and by proxy, society. The removes a great deal of parental responsibility from the actual mother and father — all of this is a result of the brave new entitled society Americans have chosen for themselves.

          • Frodo2894

            Fair enough, and there is a lot of unnecessary Hypocrisy between groups. I disagree with one million moms not because they disagree with me, I disagree with them because I think the arguments that they are presenting are flawed. Nobody should hate or label another person solely on a disagreement. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how flawed it seems. 

          • http://twitter.com/Mr_Ray_Noir Ray Noir

            “Nobody should hate or label another person solely on a disagreement. Everyone is entitled to an opinion no matter how flawed it seems.”

            Yes. And everyone is entitled to like, hate, or be indifferent towards you for having said opinion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Keith/100003305236933 Cheryl Keith

       I’m happy Marvel and DC have the guts to do what they did. :)

  • Jenn

    I’m a mom. Do you happen to have an email address for DC Comics or Marvel? Because I’d love to send them an email urging them to ignore these sanctimonious half-wits who try to impose their twisted morality on the rest of the world with cries of “think of the children!” Seriously.

  • http://www.hydeandgeek.com Scott

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3L3SA4RDZUIR3ZVYSYXNNCBLEA michael t

    yeah they tried the same thing with Archie comics. Guess what they still had two guys get married in Archie. I almost feel bad for the million moms ladies, it must suck being a dinosaur. They know that sooner or later that people will look at same sex marriage as a normal thing, that has always been around. Then they will have to be in the closet with all of their hate. 

  • MM237

    Truth is not ‘bigotry’. People simply don’t want to accept that there’s a clear right and wrong and that sin is sin, no matter how people try to repackage and normalize it. Marriage is ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN and that will never change. It’s not about what we feel is right, it’s about what God says is right.

    • Klangholm55

      You are the worst kind of person. I really hope you are a troll. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Keith/100003305236933 Cheryl Keith

       Please shut up. You’re a horrible human being.

    • Ophu

      No, it’s about what YOU feel is right. It’s always been about what YOU feel is right.

    • Djdanaman

      Prove God exists.  Otherwise your point is MOOT.

    • Daniel


      Marriage is ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN…”  Blah blah blah.

      I don’t normally repeat myself verbatim, but in this case I will make an exception.

      Explain this:  if marriage was created to be “ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN”, why did men have more than one wife in the Old Testament? 

      If you stand by the Old Testament, then you have invalidated your own  ”one man, one woman” stance. 

      And if you are going to say that the Bible was *wrong* about allowing multiple wives, then you have invalidated any right to use the Bible as a way to justify your bigotry, since clearly if it was wrong about ONE thing, it can be wrong about other things as well.

      So…yes, you’re a bigot. Sorry. 

      • AJ

        There are clear differences in the Bible between records of something that people did and records of God telling people to do something. A lot of the people in the Bible, including many of the “good guys” did a lot of bad stuff. Nowhere does it tell of God saying it’s okay to have multiple wives, and there are multiple places where he tells his people to have only one. There are also many examples given of negative consequences of having multiple wives. The fact that the humans in the Bible did something doesn’t equate to God/the Bible permitting that thing.

        • Daniel

          “Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul; 8: And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom , and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things” (2 Sam. 12).”

          Wives.  Plural. Not only does God not seem to have a problem with it, He claims to have actually PROVIDED them.

          And yes, you are correct, there are other instances in the Bible that can be pulled to support YOUR claim, but that is EXACTLY the problem. You support your claim by making a blanket statement that “Nowhere does it tell of God saying it’s okay to have multiple wives…” simply because it suits your argument to do so. Or perhaps you just can’t be arsed to see what’s really there instead of just what you want to see. 

          And what do you make about the commands to stone disobedient children?  Or adulterers?  And before you answer, I hope you also realize that as far as the Bible is concerned, if you have married someone and then divorce them and remarry,  you AND your new spouse are adulterers and should be stoned to death. 

          The problem is that you DON’T obey everything in the Bible, yet expect others to. And what’s more, I’m positive that you don’t even TRY. It’s not that you have TRIED to stone to death all the adulterers in your town but failed. If you are honest, it is  that the idea is so abhorrent to you that you recognize it as MORALLY INCORRECT, and have therefore decided to disregard it. 

          Yet people will point to the parts of the Bible that they agree with, or that don’t apply to them, and use those parts as a weapon against other people. How predictable. People have this overwhelming need to regard themselves as superior to their fellow human beings, and the Bible is a perfect document to do that. Written long ago by men, translated multiple times to say things it never meant, applied to situations and modern times that the authors never had any concept of…the Bible has it’s uses if you choose to acknowledge it’s core message of love for each other, but if you use it as a weapon, as so many choose to do, it is isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on.

          And finally…I don’t even CARE what is in the Bible. In this country, we are guaranteed freedom of religion. It does not MATTER what some bigoted Christians believe. No one should have the religious beliefs of one faith forced upon them. To do so is not only wrong, it is ANTI-AMERICAN. 

          There is a saying that goes, “I thought Christians were supposed to fix themselves and help others, not the other way around.”

          It applies. I stand by my original stance: One Million Moms are a hate group. Nothing more.

  • Anon

     New testament may have things about homosexuality but according to the gospels, Jesus never said a word about it.

  • Walter Thompson III

    Get over it! The culture war was lost by the religious and conservative Right years ago. Suffer! 

    • Faust_ae

      The culture war you refer to was indeed lost a long time ago, however along the way we have apparently lost the capacity to tolerate people of differing opinions. Yes, even when those opinions irritate you. I have seen a sharp decline the opinion diversity, and a rise in opinion conformity over past few decades and it will only get worse. I would venture to guess that most people would agree with you Walter, but they couldn’t give you, me, or anyone a viable reason (not a knee-jerk reaction) as to why because they are taught WHAT to think, not HOW to think. I am neither overtly religious, nor conservative but something most people claim and are in fact not: TOLERANT. Additionally, if your culture of singular opinion is dominant and in control, that is to say does not tolerate deviation from the party-line as you alluded and is patently obvious, then wouldn’t you say that YOUR beliefs are being forced on others now? I fundamentally do not care what you or anyone else does, so long as it does not impact me, but I expect the same from you and everyone else, that is a primary unspoken agreement in a modern, civilized society.

      • Faust_ae

         Also, Americans should well know that present demographic, and polling trends indicate that the Republican party (present principles intact) will become obsolete, untenable, and inefficacious. They were out-taught, and outmaneuvered going back forty/fifty years ago — Republicans tried to maintain control at the ballot box, Libs/Dems/Couter-Culture activists took it to the people without them even knowing it. Two things to remember going forward:

        1. America is in decline and will see it’s power and domination of global commerce, military force projection, standard of living rapidly diminish in the coming years.

        2. Americans will get the nation they deserve.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cheryl-Keith/100003305236933 Cheryl Keith

     Repeating yourself don’t make more people agreeing with you.

  • MWMayer

    A glance at particular major players in the Old Testament would show that a “traditional” marriage is anything but a One Man One Woman affair.

    Also, even if that *were* the case (which again, it really isn’t except to those that haven’t really read it), the Bible is not a legal American document.

  • Ophu

    Bigotry is not God’s truth.

  • Djdanaman

    The internet KILLS religion.  Face it.  Your bible is meaningless to people who can think for themselves.  People can be good without God.  If you can’t, then I don’t want to give you the responsibility that comes with a freethinking mindset.  So enjoy your bigotry, faith monkeys, you will be in the minority, very soon.

  • Djdanaman

    Your bible says eating shellfish is an abomination.  Wearing two types of fabrics is an abomination.  Eating pork, working on Saturday, and so on.  You do all those things I would guess.  People like you are just stupid.

  • Sean Anderson

    Honestly, mainstream comics are geared for adults and no child should be reading comics anyway. Parent’s should be more concerned with the violence that is represented in comics more than anything else. 

    In the end it is the parents responsibility to monitor what their children are exposed to. If you don’t want your kids reading about these characters or viewing them on TV by all means boycott the material and don’t allow it into your home. Stop passing the buck to other people and step up and do your job as a parent!

    • Faust_ae

       I agree, but out of curiosity how old were you when you bought (browsed) your first main-stream comic?

      • Frodo2894

        I was 15 when I read my first comic and It was NIghtwing.

    • Aljfordeb

      I agree, but society, and especially mainstream media have a responsibility too. “It takes a village to raise a child”!

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com PolishBear

    DEAR MM237:

    If your personal religious beliefs inform you that marriage equality for Gay couples is wrong, two suggestions: (1) Do not marry someone of the same sex, even if it’s someone you have fallen in love with, and (2) politely decline any invitations to Gay weddings that you should receive. Lord knows the happy couple wouldn’t want a killjoy like you at the reception anyway.

    But keep in mind that the United States is NOT a Christian theocracy. It is not the job of our government to uphold your interpretation of Scripture. It is the job of government to uphold the Constitution, and personally I see no Constitutional justification for denying law-abiding, taxpaying Gay couples the same legal benefits and protections that Straight couples have always taken for granted.

    But let me also reassure you that, for Straight couples, absolutely NOTHING about marriage is changing or being redefined. Most people are Straight (i.e. heterosexual) and always will be, and they will continue to date, get engaged, marry, and build lives and families together as they always have. None of that will change when Gay couples are allowed to do the same.

    The fact that this makes you uncomfortable is irrelevant.

  • Gammahamster

    It is also worth noting that ‘One Million Moms’ is anything but. They are a wholly-owned subsidiary of AFA, a SPLC-listed hate group that is a family business (run by a man) who do nothing but collect donations to fight gay rights and LGBT visibility in general. The 1MM, as far as anyone can tell, doesn’t even have any women on the board.

    Also, they have about 3% of a million followers on Facebook, but no actual registered members. So the name is just marketing. As is this latest, cynical attempt to get scared and foolish social conservatives to pay for the CEO’s new jets and estates.

    Hate is their business, not their cause.

  • B_D_E

    I’m drawn on this one. I got ZERO prob with there being a “outed” Gay superhero in the DCU. But, I got to say, that I do not like the WAY they are doing it. It seems like a cheap publicity stunt to me.

    to me. I DC “REALLY” wants to champion Gay/Lesbian/Trans-gendered folks??? I’d think that the “right” way to do it would be to create a completely new character who’s Gay from his/her inception. But, don’t reveal this fact initially. I’d have them featured in one of DC’s huge summer cross-over events. Endear him/her to fans. Make him/her be the real focal point of it. Make him/her be the one who in the end saves the whole damned world/universe/whatever.
    THEN, after fans have grown to see who this hero/heroin is as a character & person, not some flag-waving “LOOK AT ME” deal??? THEN, you…  ”out” them. Then folks are forced to make an internal decision.
    Do they continue to like the character for who he/she is??? Or do they give in to whatever predjidous[SP] or hatred that they might have??? 
    just my Two cent worth. But I do feel it’s the only “proper” way to do it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M3TIORFUYH3BXCAZ27JD56BTEE Dan

    I used their form to send a letter of support to DC and Marvel.  Let’s get Wiccan and Hulking married next, as well as Midnighter and Apollo.

    • Daniel

      Omigawd, I never thought of using their own contact list as a way of opposing them. You are fricking brilliant, and I just did the same thing! Thanks for the idea! I basically drafted my own form letter that reads:

      I wanted to let you know that I think One Million Moms is a disgusting organization of bigots with nothing else to do but organize protests about the morality of others in order to make themselves feel righteous. Never mind that people are homeless, or that children are starving, or that there are thousands of other causes that could benefit from these women taking the time to help out their fellow human beings. No, these women are content to let sick, hungry, and homeless people continue to suffer while they spend their time wagging the “finger of shame” at other people based on their narrow view of morality.The irony.Keep up the good work. Ignore One Million Moms. Thank you!

      • http://www.sciencefiction.com/ Scott

        I think Dan was saying that he sent letters to DC and Marvel… not One Million Moms. Arguing with them or telling them that they’re wrong will do you no good.

        • Daniel

          No, no, if you go One Million Moms website, they have links that they *intend* for you to use to send their hateful form letters to the people they are protesting.  But if you click on their links, and just erase their ugly form letter, you can then type a letter of support and send it to the people they are protesting. So yes, Dan’s letters *did* go to DC and Marvel, and whatnot, but only because he clicked the link on One Million Mom’s website.

          It’s just a way of using their own contact list against them by sending messages of support to the very people they are trying to bring down. It’s quite clever, really.  And also fun!  :-)

          • http://www.sciencefiction.com/ Scott

            Ah! Now I see! Ingenious!

  • Daniel

    No. The “bigot” label is totally appropriate. 

    And if marriage was created to be “ONE MAN, ONE WOMAN”, why did men have more than one wife in the Old Testament? If you stand by the Old Testament, then you have invalidated your own  ”one man, one woman” stance.  And if you are going to say that the Bible was *wrong*, then you have invalidated any right to use the Bible as a way to justify your bigotry, since clearly if it was wrong about ONE thing, it can be wrong about other things as well.So…yes, you’re a bigot. Sorry.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zerro.omega Zerro Omega

    You people serious-ally are simple minded, It was most likely this same group that said.. “Violence in video games, leads to violence in real life” GET A LIFE!