Ohio Gay Couple Has NYC Wedding Based on Gay Superhero Comic
An iconic New York City comic book store gave a gay couple from Columbus, Ohio, a comic book fan’s dream wedding on Wednesday.
The New York Times reports that Manhattan’s Midtown Comics celebrated the release of "Astonishing X-Men No. 51" by hosting the wedding of Scott Everhart, 39, and Jason Welker, 33.
In the new issue, superhero Northstar (one of the first openly gay comic book characters) ties the knot with his boyfriend Kyle. This is the first time a Marvel Comics superhero celebrated a gay wedding.
The Ohio couple was selected from more than 50 applicants and Midtown Comic’s social media and events director Thor Parker said they were chosen because the men were clearly fans.
"They really stood out as super-fans," Parker told the Times.
Everhart and Welker, who met using the gay dating website called Findfred, had their first date at the 2011 Free Comic Book Day event, which promotes the comic book industry, the article notes.
"It was my first attempt at doing online dating," Welker, an architect, said. Two weeks later, he deleted his account on the website "because the first date went so well."
Although Ohio does not recognize marriage equality, it didn’t stop the couple from talking about getting married. Everhart came across Midtown Comics’ event to host a wedding at the infamous store.