Religious Right Freaks Out As Archie Comics First Gay Characters Celebrate Interracial Marriage

Worst fears realized by uptight Religious Right? Archie comics infected with the gay!

Religious Right Freaks Out, Archie Comics First Gay Characters Marry

By Ken Nahigian

That low earthquake-rumble you hear is coming from the radical religious right. It started about when Archie Comics introduced its first gay character, Kevin Keller. It grew somewhat louder as Kevin became a fixture of the Riverale menagerie, hobnobbing with Archer & his gang, Josie & the Pussycats, even Sabrina the teenage witch. Now Kevin has wed his partner, a young gentleman of color, and the ground is shaking. Slightly — not as much as you might expect. Times have changed.

Life With Archie #16 hit the stands in January to wide media coverage and boycott calls, sold out almost instantly, and now segues into its second printing.

A guess: still embarrassed about his fundamentalist Christian phase in the 1970’s, Archie is making up for it now.

“We stand by Life with Archie #16,” writes Archie Comics Co-CEO Jon Goldwater. “As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone … an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association / feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”

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