Marvel Comics' Astonishing X-Men is set to experience a new sound effect on top of its booms, whams, and snikts: the bong of wedding bells. Specifically, it's the wedding bells of Marvel's first marriage for a gay couple between longtime X-Man Northstar and his civilian boyfriend, Kyle. After pairing up the couple in 2009, Marvel is officially tying their knot in June's Astonishing X-Men #51.
While Marvel actually boasts a deep pool of LGBT characters, many of whom are in committed relationships, this is the first one to go all the way. The comic industry's number-one publisher has always reflected America's cultural and political developments, and with President Obama's recent public support of marriage equality, an official marriage couldn't have come at a better time.