Scottish Parliament backs X-Men gay marriage

MSPs pledge support for Marvel Comics' gay marriage issue as government prepares to make a decision on equal marriage law

Scottish Parliament backs X-Men gay marriage
28 May 2012

The Scottish Parliament is backing the wedding of two gay X-Men characters.

Scottish Labour Party MSP Mary Fee lodged a motion, supported by eight of her colleagues, which states that the parliament welcomes the same-sex marriage of Northstar and Kyle in Marvel Comics’ May issue of the Astonishing X-Men series.

The motion also says that the parliament ‘agrees that same-sex marriage should not be restricted to the world of literature and fantasy’.

The MSPs’ message of support for equal marriage comes as the country’s government prepares to publish the results of its same-sex marriage consultation in June.

It is expected that the SNP administration will announce a decision on whether it will bring forward legislation soon after.

Mary Fee, who is also on the government’s Equal Opportunities Committee, has long been a supporter of LGBT rights and is expected to be responsible for taking any gay marriage bill through parliament.

‘It’s a fun way of showing some support for the legislation and getting across a positive message,’ Tom French from Scotland’s Equality Network told Gay Star News.

He added: ‘Increasingly, comic books, films and popular culture are reflecting the reality that LGBT families exist.

‘Around the world, same-sex couples are getting married and they want to get married here in Scotland.’

The engagement issue is out now and its release coincided with the news that one of rival DC Comics’ previously straight characters will come out as gay.

Northstar is a former mutant member of Alpha Flight and was the first character in the X-Men franchise to ever come out as gay. Northstar gains superhuman powers through his mutation and he uses them for the betterment of society.

Northstar first said the words "I am gay" in a 1992 issue of Alpha Flight #106 which sold out in a week. Previously, his apparent lack of interest in women was implied to be due to his obsessive drive to win as a ski champion.

But his sexuality was not focused on in the rest of the Alpha Flight series. It wasn’t until Northstar joined X-Men as a regular in 2002. His relationship with Kyle, a sports manager at his company, was revealed in 2009.

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