Kevin Keller is a gay character recently introduced in Archie Comics, and he gets married in Life With Archie #16. Bully for him and his supportive friends in Riverdale.
However, some marauding group of homophobes calling themselves One Million Moms is taking offense at this for some reason, as if it was some kind of important issue worth fighting about, and has started a campaign to publicize themselves – I mean, target Toys R Us to get them to remove the book from their shelves.
Here's their objection:
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary. A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys ‘R’ Us should be more responsible in the products they carry.
Too early AND too soon, they say. Thanks for that clarification, mamacitas.
Here's the response from John Goldwater, co-CEO of Archie Comics:
We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. 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. 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
And here's Louis C.K.'s response to that kind of argument, which you may have seen as part of a Facebook meme, which boils down to "why force other people to change just because you don't want to talk to your child?"
Seriously. America. It's time to grow the fuck up.
And buy Archie Comics.
Admittedly, I might be overly vitriolic here, but I am just unbelievably tired of this being any kind of hot-button issue. It's just people who love each other getting married. Get mad about systemic corruption in Congress, not this. How hard is it to say "some boys like boys the same way other boys like girls" and leave it at that?