Protest greets gay-marriage opponent writing Superman story 14 Feb 2013
More than 9,000 signatures have been gathered on an online petition  protesting the news that science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card, an  outspoken opponent of same-sex marriage, is among a number of writers  participating in a digital anthology comic starring Superman., an organization advocating LGBT equality, launched the petition in response to the news that Card will be one of some two dozen writers participating in a digital-only series called “Adventures of Superman.” Card is a board member of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes the legalization of same-sex marriage, civil unions and gay adoption.

An author, critic and essayist as well as an activist, Card is best known for his novel “Ender’s Game,” which won both of science-fiction’s most prestigious awards, the Hugo and the Nebula, as did its sequel, “Speaker for the Dead.” A film version of “Ender’s Game” is scheduled for release in November, with a cast that includes Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley. Card has also written for Marvel Comics, the main competitor to DC Comics, publishers of Superman.

Addressed to DC, which also publishes other iconic superheroes such as Batman and Wonder Woman, the Allout petition reads: “By hiring Orson Scott Card despite his anti-gay efforts you are giving him a new platform and supporting his hate. Make sure your brand stands for equality and drop Orson Scott Card now.”

In response, DC Comics issued this statement: “As content creators we steadfastly support freedom of expression, however the personal views of individuals associated with DC Comics are just that — personal views — and not those of the company itself.”

Written by