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LONDONâDC Comics continues to face criticism over its decision to hire a former National Organization for Marriage board member to write the next chapter of the Superman franchise.
The Guardian reported on Monday the company commissioned Orson Scott Card to write for its upcoming Adventure of Superman series scheduled to be published in April. The newspaper described Card as âa long-time critic of homosexualityâ who said same-sex marriage is âthe end of democracy in America.â
All Out has launched an online petition to urge DC Comics to reverse its decision to hire Card.
Anderson Cooper (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)
A number of celebrities, politicians and other officials came out during 2012.
CNN anchor Anderson Cooper publicly acknowledged being gay for the first time in a statement gay commentator Andrew Sullivan posted to his blog on July 2. Sam Champion, weather anchor for âGood Morning America,â announced on-air in October that he was engaged to his long-time partner, photographer Rubem Robierb. (The couple attended a Freedom to Marry fundraiser in Miami Beach, Fla., a few days later.)
Gay singer Ricky Martin was among those who applauded Puerto Rican boxer Orlando Cruz after he came out on Oct. 3. R&B singer Frank Ocean in July acknowledged his homosexuality, while Jamaican singer Diana King came out on her Facebook page in June. British singer Mika told Instinct Magazine in August he is gay.
Pennsylvania state Rep. Mike Fleck, a Republican who attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., earlier this month came out during an interview with a local newspaper. Stefany Hoyer Hemmer, daughter of House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.,) came out as a lesbian during an exclusive interview with the Washington Blade in June.
âMy father, as you know, just came out in support of gay marriage,â she said. âThe momentum in Maryland right now for the adoption of the gay marriage law is fast-paced. Iâm 43 years of age, and Iâve been gay my whole life and I just figured this is a good time to lend my name to the cause.â
DC Comics in June announced the Green Lantern is gay as part of its effort to reinvigorate the âEarth 2â series.