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08/19/2015 11:29 am ET Updated Aug 19, 2015

Wonder Woman Officiates Her First Gay Wedding

One of the most iconic characters in the world is embracing marriage equality.

The world's most iconic female superhero isn't just a supporter of same-sex marriages -- she officiates them, too.

That's right, Wonder Woman presides over the wedding of two brides in Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48.  The new installment of the anthology series, due out Aug. 20, was written and illustrated by Jason Badower

Get a sneak peek at the wedding scene below, then scroll down to keep reading:  

Jason Badower

The wedding issue also marks Badower's DC Comics debut. The artist told The Huffington Post in an interview that Wonder Woman is "the most logical candidate in the DC Universe," to officiate same-sex marriages because her creator, William Moulton Marston, specified that she originally hailed from an island inhabited only by women. Hence, he said, it's likely that Wonder Woman's mother would have officiated and authorized similar ceremonies. 

Badower said he also really wanted to reference current affairs -- specifically, the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide -- in the story. 

"I saw this Wonder Woman story as an incredible opportunity to have one of the most recognizable, iconic characters in the world to be among the first to step forward and officially endorse this new law," he said. "But I thought, let's not just have Wonder Woman embrace this new law, let's have her celebrate it." 

Jason Badower

As to whether or not Wonder Woman might one day find herself in a same-sex relationship, Badower pointed to her longtime, heterosexual love interest Steve Trevor. With Wonder Woman often rescuing Trevor in a gender-reversed take on the "damsel-in-distress" motif, he said, "The pressures she must have felt from that unconventional relationship would, unfortunately, be familiar to many people today."

He then said, "Her courage in the face of that is an incredible attribute we can all learn from." 

DC Comics hasn't shied away from lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in recent years. In 2013, the DC Universe introduced the first openly transgender character in a "Batgirl" comic. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle, the character formally known as Catwoman, was confirmed to be bisexual.

Meanwhile, Midnighter, a character who first appeared in the DC Comics franchise in 1998, will reportedly explore his sexuality and even join the gay social networking app Grindr in a forthcoming comic book.

Get a further look at Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48, below. 

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  • Jason Badower/DC Comics
  • Jason Badower/DC Comics
  • Jason Badower/DC Comics

 

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