‘Archie’ Comics Are Officially All In On Gay Rights

Kevin Keller, the gay character introduced to the franchise, isn’t just challenging Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Readers will get to see him married next year in the comics that focus on the characters’ adult lives — and the cover of the first edition of his spin-off book shows him imagining himself as everything from a best-selling author to president (he’ll be student council president in the spin-off).

I know this may seem really whitebread and milquetoast. But in a presidential election where saying things like that being gay “leads to the personal enslavement of individuals. Because if you’re involved in the gay and lesbian lifestyle, it’s bondage. Personal bondage, personal despair, and personal enslavement. And that’s why this is so dangerous,” isn’t disqualifyingly crazy, and in fact, can help you become the leading candidate for the Republican nomination, insisting that gay people can participate in American life to the fullest extent possible is still a radical, and radically important, act.