Published On: Tue, Jan 10th, 2012

Archie Comics To Host Gay Marriage For Kevin Keller

A gay character, Kevin Keller, joined Archie and the gang creating some controversy and outrage, but now the comic will celebrate the character’s same-sex marriage next week.

“Life with Archie No. 16″ hits newsstands next week, featuring the interracial, same-sex wedding of character Lt. Kevin Keller, a white American soldier wounded in Iraq, and Clay Walker, the black physical therapist who helped him recover.

Archie, Jughead, Veronica, Betty and the gang are all there to support the event.

Life-with-Archie-16-gay-marriage“LGBT relationships in Gotham, or discussed in the politically liberal living rooms and offices of Doonesbury, sure, that’s what you may expect,”writes Alicia Gay of the ACLU. “But Riverdale and the wider Archie universe have long stood for the mega-wholesome ideal of the American Midwest of yesteryear.

“It’s exciting that the fictional denizens of Riverdale, like their real world Midwestern counterparts in Iowa, and in five other states (plus D.C.) in the U.S., recognize that the ability to marry and make a lifetime commitment to the person you love is totally normal,” she continues. “It shows what so many of us already know – what defines a marriage is love and commitment. That is a value the ACLU supports, and we work hard to secure marriage for same-sex couples and win legal recognition for LGBT relationships.”

Keller’s four-issue miniseries in 2011 sold out, and the homosexual character is getting his own solo series starting in February 2012 that will go back to his teenage years and see him get elected president of Riverdale High School.

Opponents of gay marriage have spoken out against the event and the character.

“It’s unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution,” Peter Spriggs of the Family Research Council told Fox News. “I think whatever boost in sales might come from the novelty or curiosity factors will be more than offset by the number of both kids and parents who will be turned off by this storyline and its obvious social and political agenda.”

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