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DC Comics provokes protest over hiring of anti-gay activist, writer

Monday, February 11, 2013

NEW YORK — DC Comics has come under fire from LGBT fans and advocates for hiring anti-gay activist and novelist Orson Scott Card to write for their new digital “Adventures of Superman.”

In an announcement last week DC Comics, which owns and publishes the Superman franchise, said the newly designed “Adventures of Superman” begins with a two-part story written by Card and drawn by Chris Sprouse and Karl Story. The project debuts in the DC Comics app and digital comics website on April 29.

The inclusion of Card, a Mormon and author of the celebrated science fiction novel “Ender’s Game,” has raised the ire of LGBT fans who point out that Card is staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, having served on the board of the National Organization For Marriage in 2009.

Not only has Card declared his opposition to same-sex marriage, but he has publicly declared his disapproval of homosexuality in general.

In 1990, Card called for laws that ban gay sex to “remain on the books… to be used when necessary to send a clear message that those who flagrantly violate society’s regulation of sexual behavior cannot be permitted to remain as acceptable, equal citizens within that society”.

Orson Scott Card

Card has also voiced his opinion that paraphilia and homosexuality are sometimes linked.

In a 2004 essay entitled “Homosexual ‘Marriage’ and Civilization,” Card wrote,

“It is a flat lie to say that homosexuals are deprived of any civil right pertaining to marriage. To get those civil rights, all homosexuals have to do is find someone of the opposite sex willing to join them in marriage.” [...]

“The dark secret of homosexual society — the one that dares not speak its name — is how many homosexuals first entered into that world through a disturbing seduction or rape or molestation or abuse, and how many of them yearn to get out of the homosexual community and live normally.

“It’s that desire for normality, that discontent with perpetual adolescent sexuality, that is at least partly behind this hunger for homosexual “marriage.”

A petition created on AllOut.org encourages Superman fans and LGBT advocates to “let DC Comics know they can’t support Orson Scott Card or his work to keep LGBT people as second-class citizens.”

By late Monday the petition had gathered more than 2,880 signatures towards its 5,000-signature goal.

Spokespersons for both the author and the DC Entertainment Group declined to comment.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. Sad

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:43pm
  2. No way!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:44pm
  3. Wait….there’s a gay character in the DC comics, ain’t it? I could’ve swore there was.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:45pm
  4. There’s a few…

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:46pm
  5. Aquaman….

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:46pm
  6. The alternate universe Green Lantern is one.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:47pm
  7. Orson Scott Card is anti-gay, but he’s also a really good writer.

    As long as he keeps his mouth shut, I don’t see the problem. It would technically be discrimination to not hire him based on his beliefs, no matter how backwards they may be.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:47pm
  8. Sad!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:48pm
  9. Ouch this hurts doubly. I love DC comics, and Orson Scott Card’s books. (well, the Ender books at least).

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:50pm
  10. to bad i like marvel more XD they have the halo comics i like so dc sucks even more XD

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:51pm
  11. Brandon, Orson Scott Card has written for Marvel too – he wrote Iron Man comics.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:52pm
  12. I don’t know about “forgive” but if someone is good at something, they’re good at something. :P

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:58pm
  13. Truth, Justice, and The American Way, DC. That doesn’t include homophobia or hatred. Just ask Clark Kent.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 4:59pm
  14. In fact, he’s written a LOT for Marvel.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:03pm
  15. Joaquian: There’s a lot of them, in fact.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:03pm
  16. @kindra – He’s made his public position known. Time for him to pay the price for his hatred.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:05pm
  17. Bad move DC!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:10pm
  18. Greg, what price? You suggesting we hang him in he public square? The best way to alienate those against us and prove their point is by “making them pay the price”. All you’re doing is feeding a victim complex so many anti-gay people have, and making them hate us more. Then when they run back to their fanbase, those who were maybe on the fence get drawn in further because to them, it looks like we’re wantonly attacking people.

    He is a good writer with a history in comics. That is why he was hired. First we protested a company for sharing the same room as one that was anti-gay. Now we’re doing it for hiring anti-gay employees, into positions that have literally nothing to do with their positions on such matters? Wells has his opinions, but you’ll rarely find it in any of his literature, and I would not recommend going after anti-gay figures when they do things that have nothing to do with it, because you’re just giving them what they want.

    A truly compassionate person wouldn’t want to utterly destroy anyone for any reason.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:12pm
  19. who the hell give a shit about comics?

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:15pm
  20. …a lot of people, Bill. They have multiple sold out conventions on it every year.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:19pm
  21. Kindra who said anything about “utterly distorting someone”? I don’t see it here in the comments.

    As for this twit getting hired… He should have thought twice before making his opinions publicly known. He’s working for a company that implicitly supports Gay rights. He should have kept his mouth shut. Whatever backlash he gets is of his own making.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:27pm
  22. NOM is a hate group. If DC had hired someone from the KKK would we all be so forgiving?

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 5:31pm
  23. If they were one of the most well known authors of the 20th century being hired because they were one of the most well known authors of the 20th century?

    Probably. I don’t hire people based on their beliefs. I hire them to do a job. Refusing to hire people based on beliefs has a name, and it can really hurt you legally if you try it. We in the LGBT community should know.

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:28pm
  24. Honestly, I gave up on DC years ago– how many times do we need to revamp Superman anyway- oh, sales are down – let’s kill him AGAIN!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:58pm
  25. I”m looking for someone to talk to! Anyone want to add me???

    Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 9:46pm
  26. As Kindra has said, DC isn’t hiring him for his views. I see no problem here. The guy is an ass, but let him be.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 12:41am
  27. Trying to make some lemonade out of this – or something – http://aceofkidneys.blogspot.ca/2013/02/better-to-light-candle-orson-scott-card.html

    Posted on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 4:54am