For Marvel fans, it’s the wedding event of the season: The X-Men’s North Star, a high-flying mutant, and Kyle Jinadu, his “normal” publicist boyfriend, are getting married in issue No. 51 of the popular series.
To celebrate that groundbreaking ceremony (which is being billed as the first same-sex marriage in a major mainstream comic series), New York City’s Midtown Comics is going for some real-world nuptials synergy Wednesday by hosting the hitching of Scott Everhart, 39, and Jason Welker, 33, both of Ohio.
“It’s the perfect, geeky way to do it,” said Everhart, who saw Midtown Comic’s call-out post on Out.com and applied for the opportunity. “Our first date was in a comic book store. This is us.”
Nearly two weeks ago, Everhart proposed to Welker in the pair’s Columbus home, right before the final interview with the store’s co-owner, Gerry Gladston. Welker, who has every episode of the X-Men television show “memorized,” immediately said yes. They were chosen for the free ceremony, complete with complimentary cake and lodging, out of more than 50 other comic-loving candidates.
“It’s a big step forward,” Gladston said of the X-Men union. “So many fans are showing their support. It’s fantastic and heartwarming to be part of this.”
— Danielle Paquette
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