Same-sex weddings in cartoons

I thought it’d be worth looking at some memorable same-sex cartoon weddings. Unsurprisingly, there’s more examples from comics than in animation, given American animation’s checkered/often-dated portrayals of LGBT people.

Kevin Keller

The adult version of new Archie character Kevin Keller‘s been seen in ongoing series “Life With Archie.” In both alternate futures of this series, Kevin marries one Dr. Clay Walker, the man he met while recovering from being wounded in battle in an unnamed Middle Eastern war. The wedding was seen in “Life With Archie” #16, indicating that same-sex marriage is legal in Riverdale’s state. Given the strong indications in recent Archie comics that Riverdale’s probably in New York State or elsewhere on the east coast, that’s not a surprise. Kevin and Clay’s wedding was  also memorable for One Million Mom’s protest of Toys R Us over the issue, resulting in the comic selling out.

Northstar

Superhero comics’ highest-profile openly gay character, Northstar also saw himself getting married, in a fairly well-publicized issue of “Astonishing X-Men.” While they could’ve married in Northstar’s native Canada, the couple chose to get married in New York (epicenter of the Marvel Universe).

The Simpsons

A  2005 episode (“There’s Something About Marrying”) sees same-sex marriage legalized in Springfield, which Homer cashes in on by becoming a minister. Meanwhile, it’s also the episode that reveals Marge’s sister Patty is a lesbian.

Dykes to Watch Out For

The long-running comic strip by Alison Bechdel saw characters Toni and Clarice (the parents of cute-as-a-button toddler, and later video game loving teenager, Rafael) hold vows several times. Originally, the two held a commitment ceremony. Later, Toni and Clarice had a civil union in Vermont (after civil unions were legalized there). Finally, they made an unsuccessful attempt to get married at City Hall during a brief period when same-sex marriage was legal in their state (referencing California’s marriage woes); however, the state the DTWOF cast live in is never stated. Ironically, despite all of these ceremonies, the two would later divorce.

A Couple of Guys

Lead characters Eric and Joey originally were married in Massachusetts (after same-sex marriage was legalized there), but later renewed their vows in their native New York City. The latter was a double ceremony—their neighbors and friends Sue and Simone decided to get married, as well.

South Park

A 2005 episode of the Comedy Central series sees same-sex marriage legalized in “South Park”‘s version of Colorado. As a result of the episode’s events, two of the series’ minor characters, “Big Gay Al” and “Mr. Slave,” get married. In real life, Colorado’s one of various states that unfortunately amended their state constitution to ban same-sex marriage (about a year after this episode aired). In 2013, however, civil unions were legalized.

Apollo and Midnighter

Apollo and Midnighter, of superhero comics’ more high-profile gay couples, were married in their “Stormwatch” series.

Doonesbury

Mark Slackmeyer was briefly married to his conservative partner, Chase, in a 90s storyline. Taking place before legalized gay marriage in the US, the two merely held a commitment ceremony to each other on a beach.

(Updated 5/23/15)

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