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Florida Family Association Launches Campaign Against Marvel Comics Over Same-Sex Marriage In 'Astonishing X-Men' #51

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The Florida Family Association, a conservative organization that says it's "defending American values," has set its sights on Marvel Comics and its parent company, Disney, for featuring the same-sex wedding of two of its heroes in "Astonishing X-Men" #51, according to Comic Book Resources.

"It is shameful that two companies like Marvel and Disney would deliberately create a superhero homosexual wedding for our children to embrace," the group wrote on its website.

"Astonishing X-Men" #51, which was released in June, features the marriage of Jean-Paul Beaubier, also known as Northstar, to his longtime boyfriend, Kyle.

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The Tampa, Fl.-based organization, which recently "warned" people about "Gay Days" at Disney World by flying airplanes over the park, is encouraging supporters to reach out to Marvel Comics, Disney, and several stores selling the comics.

The site has a form letter that urges retailers to stop selling the comic book, saying that the "issue has crossed the line by attempting to legitimize same-sex marriage and asking kids to fantasize about their own homosexual wedding."

According to Marvel, the comic book includes a variant that allows readers to create their own wedding.

Lone Star Comics, an online retailer based in Arlington, Texas, is among those listed on the organization's site.

The store's owner, Buddy Saunders, 65, the told The Huffington Post that he's received between 200 and 300 of the form emails. He said he had not received any calls, and added that the emails appeared to be coming from the same person.

"Any emails we get are not going to have any impact on what we're doing," Saunders said. "I'm not going to stop selling it. It's just another comic book."

"People have a right to protest anything they want to," he added.

The Associated Press reports that Northstar was among the first of Marvel Entertainment's characters to come out, announcing that he was gay in 1992.

Marvel Comics is only the latest of many targets of the Florida Family Association. According to the AP, the organization led the effort to get companies to stop advertising on the TLC show "All American Muslim." Additionally, the group also protested a "queer theory" course at the University of South Florida by sending some 2,500 emails.

According to tax documents, Florida Family Association received more than $172,000 in contributions in 2010.

Click over to the Associated Press to learn more about the Florida Family Association, and click over to Comic Book Resources to see more pictures from "Astonishing X-Men" #51.

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