Jan. 31 - The popular comic book company, Archie Comics, features its first gay wedding after over 70 years of publications. Tara Cleary reports.
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Kevin and Clay's big day.
For the first time in 70 years of publication, an Archie comic features a same-sex wedding.
Popular new character, soldier Kevin Keller, falls in love with an African-American doctor who treated him for injuries sustained in Iraq.
Bringing not only same-sex marriage, but also an inter-racial couple and the issue of gays in the military to Riverdale.
Archie Comics' CEO John Goldwater says the decision was less about making a statement and more about being current.
SOUNDBITE: John Goldwater, CEO, Archie Comics, saying (English):
"Kevin and Clay getting married really is just a reflection of what is going in the world today, you know, if you get married in Riverdale. Riverdale accepts everybody, so this was just more of an acceptance, it really wasn't a statement on any new laws, it was just - you come to Riverdale, you're welcome, you're accepted."
And most New Yorkers were thrilled to learn about the historic release.
SOUNDBITE: Rhonda Sherman, saying (English):
"That's a good thing. Now if Betty and Veronica were getting married, that would be even better, right."
SOUNDBITE: Conrad Phillips, saying (English):
"I think it's a good thing. My father is gay. I believe in gay marriage, so why not?"
SOUNDBITE: Sara Freeman, saying (English):
"I think it's great to have it in Archie because I think kids probably read it. So, it's great. I'm really excited actually. Thanks for telling me this is happening."
SOUNDBITE: Jesus Oliver, saying (English):
"I feel like it's nobody's business. If you want to get married, I'm not gay, but, if you want to get married, then who am I to stop you?"
Herndon Graddick from gay rights organization GLAAD says the publication is helping to create tolerance.
SOUNDBITE: Herndon Graddick, Senior Director of Communications, GLAAD, saying (English):
"I think what's really great about it being in a comic book is that it's not so threatening in a way. Marriage equity is sometimes framed as a very serious issue and what we're finding is that for many people it's just another piece of life."
And it's the first time a comic book company has devoted an entire issue to a gay character.
Tara Cleary, Reuters.
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