(CNSNews.com) — Marvel comics has introduced “gay marriage” into its storyline for two characters in its popular “Astonishing X-Men” series, a move that was announced first on ABC’s The View and then on the Marvel Web site, and which has been criticized by pro-family groups as an attempt to promote same-sex marriage.
“Marvel is making history with a comic hitting the newsstands tomorrow. In ‘Astonishing X-Men’ #50, openly gay X-Man, Northstar, will propose to his boyfriend, Kyle, with a gay wedding to follow in an upcoming issue. That’s kind of fantastic,” said The View co-host Whoopi Goldberg on May 23. (The fictional marriage will take place in the upcoming June 20 issue, ‘Astonishing X-Men” #51.)
Marvel Senior Vice President and Executive Director Tom Brevoort said the story had been in the works for several months but was more inspired by New York’s legalization of gay marriage in June 2011.
“It was natural to wonder how this change in legislation would affect him,” Brevoort said.