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article imageArchie Comics gay-marriage issue sells out despite boycott call

By Mathew Wace Peck     Mar 2, 2012 in Entertainment
An edition of the long-running American Archie comicbook series has sold out despite – or perhaps even because of – a call for its boycotting from a conservative Christian pressure group.
Earlier this week, One Million Moms, the website of the American Family Association, demanded that the toy chain Toys R Us stop selling the new Archie issue, claiming they were concerned that "children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store".
However, Archie Comics say that the issue has completely sold out. In an article published in today's Guardian, the publishers are quoted as saying that the publication of its storyline – which involves one of its characters, Kevin Keller, marrying his boyfriend – as being "a historic moment".
The issue in question, Life with Archie #16, was advertised proudly by Archie Comics as "The Marriage of Kevin Keller!" It's co-chief executive, John Goldwater, told the Guardian that "[Archie's fans] have come out full force to support [their] gay character. He is, without a doubt, the most important new character in Archie history. He's here to stay."
The Archie storyline has now been running for seven decades, and Kevin Keller was introduced as its first out-gay character in September 2011. Digital Journal first reported on the then-upcoming gay-marriage storyline involving Keller back in November 2011.
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