Late last night, it was revealed that the creators behind DC Comics’ Batwoman would be leaving the title. There was a lengthy post that detailed the reason, which was editorial interfering with storylines at the last minute. This has been par for the course with DC in recent history. However, creator JH Williams III listed specific instances of this, including the fact that Kate Kane (Batwoman) would not be allowed to actually marry her fiance who happens to be female. That of course started the outrage, and rightly so, but probably for the wrong reasons.
Today, the news is starting to trickle out to non comic book sites like Think Progress, who of course latched on to the same sex marriage part of it. The problem is that DC (like the other big comic company) does not like marriage for any of their characters, not just the gay ones. Introducing marriage makes it more difficult to tell effective stories. This is evidenced by there really only being one marriage that has worked in comics: Sue and Reed Richards. Marvel even reversed Peter Parker’s marriage to Mary Jane. Although it was way too late, DC probably communicated this to the creators, but we don’t know because the information came to everyone second hand.
It is unfortunate that DC does not have the confidence in Williams to handle a character with a marriage, and even more so that it was done last minute. I think he has earned the right to take chances, being that Batwoman is one of the best critically reviewed comics out right now. But this issue is about editorial meddling, and not DC being anti gay marriage.
Bert and Ernie celebrate the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision.
Alyssa Rosenberg, on the reason why the New Yorker chose this (admittedly amazing) cover.
Share this if you agree: We’re all more free when every American is treated equally under the law—no matter who they are or whom they love.
It’s nice to wake up to good news once in a while. Congratulations to everyone that now has the same right as everyone else to be happy. Sorry it took so long.
Chris Kluwe, on the prospect of finding another team after being cut by the Vikings this morning, possibly in part because of his outspokenness. I hope more players will follow his example, even when not as well spoken.
"First Pro Athlete Says He’s Gay"
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure women play pro sports as well. Leave it to our media companies to sensationalize a truly great moment in sports history and celebrating one group of people, while simultaneously marginalizing another. And all they needed was one additional word in their headline. It’s not just ESPN/ABC either. Most articles I have seen or read make little or no mention of the many brave women athletes that have come out before this.
For reference, a quick Google search gives us five pro women athletes that came out long before Jason Collins.
So, this is definitely the best sign outside the Supreme Court right now.
I’ve been holding on to this one for a little while. Today seemed like an appropriate time to post.
We shouldn’t be patting Rob Portman on the back, instead, we should be berating him for why it took this long.
Do you notice a trend here? This story does not make me happy, on the contrary it almost pisses me off more. I just see this as another Republican saying, “Oh, I can’t be a dick about this issue anymore because now it personally affects me.” And this is always the case with anti progressive people. They can’t see the bigger picture until it directly involves them, be it gay marriage, gun rights, a woman’s right to choose, etc. Get with the god damn program, this is getting tiring.
The extent to which a bunch of straight men care so passionately about abortion and gay marriage (two things they literally have nothing to do with) amazes and confounds me all at the same time.