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DC Gives Poor Excuse for Nixing Batwoman’s Lesbian Wedding

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Posted on Sep 9, 2013
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The co-publisher of the iconic comic book said Batwoman can’t marry the woman of her dreams because “heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives,” The Independent reports.

The justification for pulling the depiction of gay marriage in a comic book comes one week after writers behind the Batwoman comic resigned as a result of DC Comics allegedly banning the superheroine’s lesbian wedding. In a joint statement, J H Williams and W Haden Blackmore said they were “frustrated and angry,” claiming they got last minute orders from DC to make several changes, including “most crushingly” being “prohibited” from depicting the heroine Kate Kane’s marriage to her girlfriend, Maggie Sawyer, a Gotham City police officer.

DC, which came under fire earlier this year for hiring anti-gay marriage activist Orson Scott Card, author of the beloved book “Ender’s Game” and its sequels, to write a Superman story.

The Independent writes that DC co-publisher Dan DiDio reportedly said at the Baltimore Comic-Con this weekend that the wedding was not pulled due to concerns over some portion of the audience’s objection to gay marriage. “Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests,” he was quoted as saying.

“That’s very important and something we reinforced. People in the Bat family their personal lives basically suck. Dick Grayson, rest in peace—oops shouldn’t have said that—Bruce Wayne, Tim Drake, Barbara Gordon and Kathy Kane. It’s wonderful that they try to establish personal lives, but it’s equally important that they set them aside. That is our mandate, that is our edict and that is our stand.”

The notion that marriage confers only happiness on the wedded is laughable, but DiDio’s explanation does not account for the long-awaited nuptials of Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane in the 1996 DC comic “Superman: The Wedding Album.” His failure to do so casts doubt on the stated reasons for preventing Batwoman’s marriage.

—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.

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