Marvel’s ‘Astonishing X-Men’ Married Gay Characters Northstar and Kyle Face Deportation Issues Caused by DOMA


We've been covering Marvel's Astonishing X-Men and its examination of the marriage between Canadian Northstar to American Kyle Jinadu since late last year.

In its recent issue number 59, written by Marjorie Liu, and pencilled by Gabriel Hernandez Walta, the narrative continues to unfold about the Northstar, a Canadian, trying to stay in his husband's homeland, in a city they both call home.

These are problems imposed on them by the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).



  1. Stephen says

    well yeah, there is a bit of DOMA doodoo there, but it is also alluded that Northstar doesn’t even have a passport…and I suspect that a hero of his calibre would need only make a quick call to some Avengery type and he’d be green carded pretty quickly….

  2. says

    I’m happy to see some attention being given to the egregious injustice of allowing straight married couples residence privileges whereas gay married couples are denied the same privileges… is a dark stain on US justice.

    Those of us in bi-national relationships (me) don’t even seem to get a mention in discussions on inter-US states recognition of marriages.

    There is an international dimension to the bigoted DOMA; but even the straights don’t give a $hit, they all get residence for their loved one.
    Once again it’s phuck the gays.

  3. says

    Marjorie Liu is doing an amazing job with this relationship — it’s generating a lot of the plot, not only the small-focus Kyle/Northstar story line, but the larger story arc as well. She gets 5 stars.

    And then there’s DC and the “gay Green Lantern. . . .”

  4. Southernmost says

    This story line really hits home. Kudos to the artist. My life partner is Canadian and I am an American. We “play by the rules” and do not cut any corners. Yet each time we come into the U.S. from Canada we are treated like al Quaeda. But when we go to Canada from the U.S. we are always welcomed graciously. DOMA must go. We are weary of being treated like second-class citizens.

  5. Francis says

    I’m sending an email today to DC and showing them this and comparing it to their signing of Orson Scott Card. This is really great and paints the picture of the realities regarding the struggles that same-sex bi-national couples face, as a result of DOMA. Hats off to Marvel and Marjorie Liu.

  6. says

    That’s a “copy that ” here. Always abide by the rules or we’re phucked.

    But I’ve never had any disrespect from US Immigration……just some questions……about how I manage to fly over so regularly.
    They are curious, not disrespectful.
    But I am biased to love Americans….one in particular !

  7. JoelD says

    “I’m not sure I want to BE an American?” Well, I suppose the line might play in the context of a relationship…but I can’t imagine a Canadian wanting to become an USer (we’re already Americans, hello!?) except for money…plenty willing to sell out for that I guess. But even the docs tend to come back, albeit with less press.

  8. bobbyjoe says

    Marjorie Liu is doing a terrific job.

    For the record, it should be noted that Marvel has also employed Orson Scott Card in the past, on Iron Man. And DC’s Batwoman is in the same league as Astonishing X-Men in dealing effectively with GLBT representation. DC just needs to join Marvel in no longer employing Orson Scott Card.

  9. Firestorm says

    Getting a green card for Jean-Paul might be difficult, especially since he was a member of a Quebec separatist terrorist cell before he joined Alpha Flight.

  10. says

    It’s amazing to see DC taking on issues like this. There are thousands of bi-national same sex couples not only facing this same situation, but even more like my Husband and myself, who live in “DOMA Exile” outside the United States. My husband always dreads the inevitable round of inane questions he has to endure everytime we travel back to the US. It’s gotten to the point where I don’t go through the US Citizen line at custons anymore, I stand in the non-citizen line with him and then stand with him holding my US passport and glare at the Homland Security Troll as he asks Eric his questions.

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