Singapore: Gay wedding comic OK due to character objection

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 11.59.34Singapore has allowed the publication of Astonishing X-Men's gay marriage issue, because some characters in the comic object to the union. Issue 51 of the series features the marriage of gay superhero Northstar to his boyfriend Kyle Jinadu. The issue will remain on sale because it features a "balanced treatment" of gay marriage, rather than promoting or encouraging "alternative lifestyles". The Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) told Singapore's TODAY: "The issue featured characters who objected to the wedding and this offered a balanced treatment on the issue of gay marriage." Despite allowing the issue to remain on sale, MDA said that it had advised stores that the comic should be "shrink-wrapped and labelled with the consumer advice 'Unsuitable for the Young'." An issue of the Archie comic book series was recently removed from stores, because its portrayal of a gay wedding that was considered too positive - read more here. The iconic character of Archie was recently killed off saving the life of his gay friend - find out more here.