Just as the JC Penney CEO did before them, the CEO of Archie Comics is standing up to the anti-gay group One Million Moms.
The group, which unsuccessfully tried to get Ellen DeGeneres fired as JC Penney spokeswoman because she is a lesbian, is upset that the Toys R Us retail chain is selling the current issue of the comic book Life With Archie which features two of its male characters getting married.
It complains that 'children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store' and wants them removed.
Archie Comics co-CEO John Goldwater has issued a statement standing by the gay characters featured in the current issue. It is number 16 in a series that imagines the Riverdale gang five or six years after graduation.
'We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone,' Goldwater stated. 'It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday.'
One of the grooms in the current issue is Riverdale's first gay character, Kevin Keller, who ties the knot with Dr. Clay Walker, a physical therapist. The pair met met while Kevin was rehabilitating from an injury he suffered while in the military and stationed in Iraq.
'We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours,' Goldwater said. 'Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.'