Gay Archie Character to Tie the Knot

Kevin Keller will wed in January issue

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 15, 2011 4:01 PM CDT

(Newser) – Last year, Kevin Keller became Archie Comics’ first openly gay character; now, he’s getting hitched, On Top Magazine reports. “Kevin followed in his father's footsteps and is returning to Riverdale as a war hero,” the comic company says in a press release. “But that's not all—It's Kevin's wedding day!” Spoiler alert: Kevin’s nuptials will reportedly be timed with Archie’s separation from Veronica.

The announcement has sparked the ire of gay-marriage opponents, the magazine notes. “It is unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution,” said a Family Research Council rep. Meanwhile, at Mediaite, Jon Bershad parodies such reactions. “With this comic book coming out (no pun intended) and Chaz Bono dancing with stars, it’s only a matter of time before every child out there is a gay married transsexual,” he notes. Click for more.

Kevin Keller, left, the first openly gay character, is shown on a cover with his father.
Kevin Keller, left, the first openly gay character, is shown on a cover with his father.   (AP Photo/Archie Comics)
Veronica 202 introduced a new classmate named Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie Comics series.
"Veronica 202" introduced a new classmate named Kevin Keller, the first gay character in the Archie Comics series.   (AP Photo/Archie Comic Publications, Inc.)
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