Fans are protesting against DC Comics for hiring an anti-gay writer to pen Superman.
Orson Scott Card, author of the Ender’s Game sci-fi series, will write a new series of comics for DC’s Adventures of Superman to be published in April.
AllOut has now started a petition, urging DC to fire Card.
It states: ‘He’s written publicly that he believes marriage equality would lead to the end of civilization. He’s also on the board of a notorious anti-equality organization [National Organization for Marriage].
‘We need to let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens.
‘They know they’re accountable to their fans, so if enough of us speak out now, they’ll hear us loud and clear.’
Actor Michael Hartney, who describes himself ‘as big a Superman fan as you’ll ever meet’ has written to DC voicing his concerns.
‘If this was a Holocaust denier or a white supremacist, there would be no question,’ he said.
‘Hiring that writer would be an embarrassment to your company. Well, Card is an embarrassment to your company, DC.’
Hartney added: ‘And of all the characters Card could have been hired to write, you give him Superman? The character that taught me to lead by example? To do the right thing, even when it was hard? To keep going, even when it seemed hopeless?
‘What an insult. Kids are killing themselves. They are killing themselves in a climate of intolerance and homophobia publicly fostered by people like Orson Scott Card.
‘You don’t have to contribute to this. You shouldn’t. You mustn’t.’
DC have declined to comment on the controversy, but last year they announced Alan Scott, the Green Lantern was gay.
In 2006, Batwoman was revealed to be a lesbian.
When North Carolina was voting to ban same-sex unions in 2012, Card wrote legalizing gay marriage was ‘not about making it possible for gay people to become couples’.
‘It’s about giving the left the power to force anti-religious values on our children. Once they legalize gay marriage, it will be a bludgeon they use to make sure that it becomes illegal to teach traditional values in the schools,’ he said.