Toys ’R’ Us Targeted for Displaying Same-Sex Marriage Archie Comic
A group affiliated with the ultra-right Christian organization American Family Association has slammed Toys ’R’ Us for selling an Archie Comics book that centers around a gay character getting married to his partner, LGBTQ Nation reported.
The self-styled One Million Moms wants the toy company to remove the same-sex "Just Married -- Archie" comic books from its shelves. The head of the group (whose numbers are unknown, despite the name) sent a letter to Toys ’R’ Us. ’Children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in your toy store," the open letter stated. "A trip to the toy store turns into a premature discussion on sexual orientation and is completely uncalled for. Toys ’R’ Us should be more responsible in the products they carry."
Several gay rights activists and comic enthusiasts celebrated the comic when it hit newsstands last January. The comic features the venerable Archie series’ gay character Kevin Keller getting hitched to his partner Clay Walker, an African-American physical therapist. Keller is the series’ first gay character, which has been in publication since 1941.
Archie Comic’s co-CEO, John Goldwater, responded to One Million Moms in a statement that was a ringing endorsement of tolerance and diversity.