In a bizarre twist of life imitating comic books, two men wed to coincide with the release of Marvel’s Astonishing X-Men No. 51 issue. What makes #51 the lucky number, you say? Well, in that particular issue, Northstar, Marvel’s first openly gay superhero, marries his longtime boyfriend Kyle. How romantic! So what better way to celebrate this groundbreaking event in geeky history than holding a wedding, complete with an embossed comic-strip style wedding cake, at the actual store?
We’re sure those were the exact thoughts of architect Jason Welker and health care worker Scott Everhart when they made their trek up from gay-marriage unfriendly Ohio to tie the knot this Wednesday in true, dedicated fanboy fashion.
“I’ve actually read comics since I was 18,” said Everhart. “One of our first dates, actually I took him to one of our local comic shops. So he didn’t run screaming when he found out I was a geek.”
Super sweet! Props to Marvel for being so supportive of true geeky love.
“Though this is a personal thing for us, in the larger scope, we are showing our support for the community—our community—and so is a mainstream company like Marvel to put this out there to show kids that you can be different and you can be accepted for who you are,” said Everhart.