Archie Comics' Gay Wedding: Creators Say They Were Interested In Being Current, Not Political

01/31/2012 04:03 pm ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

The creative team behind the much-anticipated gay wedding issue of Archie Comics is speaking out about its publication.

Although the January issue depicts Kevin Keller -- Riverdale's first openly gay character who is also an active U.S. military officer -- tying the knot with his African-American partner Clay Walker, Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater insisted that creators weren't interested in making a statement about marriage equality or the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" so much as simply being current.

"Kevin and Clay getting married really is just a reflection of what's going on in the world today," Goldwater said. "If you get married in Riverdale, Riverdale accepts everybody, so this was more of an acceptance."

Reuters also spoke to a number of New Yorkers, none of whom seemed to find fault with the historic issue. One woman even joked: "Now if Betty and Veronica were getting married -- that would be even better, right?"

Suggest a correction