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Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, a Canadian with piercing blue eyes and silver-streaked black hair who can move and fly at superhuman speeds, proposes to his longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in the issue "Astonishing X-Men #50." (Reuters)
Jean-Paul Beaubier, aka Northstar, a Canadian with piercing blue eyes and silver-streaked black hair who can move and fly at superhuman speeds, proposes to his longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu in the issue "Astonishing X-Men #50." (Reuters)

Gay Canadian comic-book hero to marry boyfriend Add to ...

Superheroes always get the girl. Now, at least one will get the guy, a move many fans say is a long time coming.

The first openly gay Marvel comic book character will marry his boyfriend in an upcoming issue of Astonishing X-Men. The character, Northstar, a Canadian superhero who first came out as gay in 1992, is set to propose in an issue of the comic that goes on sale today.

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Earlier this year, Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie Comics series, celebrated his same-sex marriage in an issue that sold out.

The New York Times reports the same-sex marriage plot has been speculated by Marvel fans for some time. Marvel Entertainment editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said the storyline was considered after New York state legalized same-sex marriage last year.

That's not all. Various reports say that Marvel’s chief competitor, DC Comics, is planning to reintroduce a previously straight character as gay.

Other gay characters in the DC universe include Batwoman, Apollo, Midnighter and Bunker.

Comic book site bigshinyrobot.com posted a column reacting to the news of Northstar's marriage that praised Marvel's willingness to take on issues such as homophobia, same-sex courtship and now marriage.

“Gay people get married every day, and it's a wonderful thing to be able to see characters we know and love experiencing these same joys,” says the column.

Are you pleased Marvel Comics is embracing gay marriage?

Editor's note: DC Comics is planning on announcing a gay character. Also, Batwoman, Apollo, Midnighter and Bunker are part of the DC universe. An earlier version of this story contained incorrect information.

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