“…Guggenheim said a lot of people who aren’t reading Spider-Man or refuse to read Spider-Man are judging it based on misunderstandings. ‘Part of the problem with the controversy behind One More Day is the understanding of what was retconned overstates the extent of what was done,’ he said. ‘Everything that happened in the last twenty plus years of comic book history happened! The only difference is that Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson weren’t married. They still dated. They still lived together. They still love each other. They just weren’t married. Judging from the letters and death threats we received, I think some people were confused. It all still happened.’
“Here’s my attitude, if anyone is upset about the marriage going away, then they must all be pro gay marriage,” he continued. Because if you’re pro gay marriage, you understand the distinction between a marriage and a civil union — that a civil union is not equal to a marriage. We downgraded Mary Jane and Peter to a civil union. If that bothers you, then you’re pro gay marriage.”
Guggenheim’s Amazing Secrets of Spider-Man, The Pulse, September 10, 2008
I’m pro-gay marriage and I couldn’t care less about Spider-Man (I’m a DC person myself), but who is this gay-hatin’ comics writer? He downgraded their commitment to each other so they could break up? Huh? Did he skip the tact and consideration courses at comic book charm school or something? Where does Marvel find these people? And how can we get them to stop hiring them?
If anyone needed more motivation to contribute to Equality for All and defeat the constitutional ban on gay marriage in California, the moment is now. We need to defeat Prop 8 and all the gay marriage foes in California once and for all or the gay hatin’ fanboys win. And if Spider-man and Mary Jane were real people, I’m sure they’d be the kind of people who don’t want that. They’d want equality for all, like all right thinking people.
(Sorry, everyone, I bet you all thought the comics outrage phase was over. Alas, no, it seems.)