USA: Attempt to stamp out homosexuality from cartoons

The conservative American mothers’ group One Million Moms has launched an attempt to stamp out homosexuality from the world of graphic novels.

The American Family Association-run conservative Christian organisation has taken issue with the news that DC Comics is planning to reveal that one of its established characters is gay – speculation is centring around Batman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman – and that Marvel’s new issue of Astonishing X-Men will feature Northstar’s marriage to his boyfriend.

“As Christians, we know that homosexuality is a sin,” says the organisation whose members have written to DC Comics and Marvel to ask them “to change and cancel all plans of homosexual superhero characters immediately”.

Whether the move will have the effect that the mothers desire remains to be seen: following One Million Moms’ campaign to stop Toys R Us selling the Archie comic, which featured the marriage of Kevin Keller, the series’ first gay character, the issue sold out.

The Guardian – 31 May 2012:
Gay superheroes under fire from US pressure group
Conservative lobby One Million Moms launches campaign against DC Comics and Marvel’s inclusion of homosexual characters. By Alison Flood.

Bleeding Cool – 20 May 2012
DC Comics To Switch The Sexual Orientation Of An Established Character
By Rich Johnston

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