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August 13, 2012

X-Men character's sexuality beats Hulk and Spider-Man to become one of most discussed topics among Marvel comic fans

Gay superhero Northstar has fought off the Hulk, Spider-Man and Captain America to become Marvel's most talked about character on social networks in the US.

The X-Men hero who broke new ground by being the first comic book character to marry a person of the same sex was one of the hottest topics being discussed among fans on the internet last month.

July 10, 2012

Florida Family Association calls wedding of X-Men characters Northstar and Kyle 'immoral social propaganda'

Don't expect The Florida Family Association to send a wedding gift to newlyweds Northstar and Kyle whose wedding was featured in Astonishing X-Men #51 published last month.

The group blasts Marvel Comics and parent company The Walt Disney Company for the June issue of the comic book and asks its members to send emails urging Disney, Marvel and comic retailers to pull the issue from the stands.

June 20, 2012

Ceremony coincides with X-Men character Northstar's wedding to fiancee Kyle

Midtown Comics Downtown in New York City opened a little late on Tuesday (20 June) but for a very good reason: inside the store, two gay comic book fans were getting married.

The ceremony of Scott Everhart and Jason Welker was timed to coincide with the release of Astonishing X-Men #51 which features the highly anticipated wedding of comic characters Northstar and his partner Kyle.

The couple exchanged their vows under a banner of Northstar and Kyle doing the same.

May 28, 2012

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

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’.

May 22, 2012

Issue of Astonishing X-Men #51 with proposal goes on sale Wednesday

The May issue of Astonishing X-Men #51, in which X-Man Northstar will propose to his boyfriend, Kyle, goes on sale Wednesday (23 May).

The storyline calls for the pair to be married in the following issue of the Marvel Comics series. Kyle does not have any superpowers unlike Northstar who can move and fly at supersonic speeds.

'The Marvel Universe has always reflected the world outside your window, so we strive to make sure our characters, relationships and stories are grounded in that reality,' Marvel editor Axel Alonso said in a statement.

April 11, 2012

Northstar will marry his boyfriend in issue that ships June 20

Following in the footsteps of a gay wedding in a mega-selling issue of Life With Archie, Marvel Comics confirmed this week that X-Man Northstar will marry his boyfriend, Kyle, in the June issue of Astonishing X-Men #51.

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.