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DC’s Batwoman proposing marriage to girlfriend

In the latest installment of DC Comics’ Batwoman series, the crimefighter proposes marriage to her secret girlfriend.

The 32-page comic, written by J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, with illustrations by Williams, went on sale Feb. 20.

The comic contains what DC describes as “the massive conclusion to the current storyline as Batwoman and Wonder Woman struggle to defeat Medusa and a horde of villains!”

The comic also, according to DC, contains “the start of a surprising new status quo for Batwoman!”

Could it be marriage for Batwoman aka Kathy Kane? Bleedingcool.com reports that “DC’s leading lesbian lady asks Maggie Sawyer, Captain Sawyer,  her secret girlfriend to be her wife.”

Batwoman has appeared in a couple of comics – The Dark Knight and Batgirl. Batwoman the comic debuted in 2011.

DC’s website for the superhero of Gotham City says she has no superpowers but is a trained soldier and hand-to-hand combatant.

Her history: On her 12th birthday, Katherine “Kate” Rebecca Kane was taken hostage and held for ransom along with her twin sister and their mother. The rescue operation led by Kane’s father, Col. Jacob Kane, resulted in the death of her mother and sister. After her stint in the U.S. Army ended in scandal, a brief encounter with Batman inspired Kane to embark on a crime-fighting mission to clean up the streets using gear stolen from the military.

When confronted about her actions by her father, Kane agreed to let him train her, and she donned the Batman-inspired suit he created. She becomes known as Batwoman and brings her own brand of justice to Gotham City. Batwoman turned down an offer to join Batman, Incorporated, preferring to stay in control of her own mission to fight evil as she sees fit. Instead, she’s joined forces with the DEO in an effort to take down a growing contingent of supernatural criminals slithering their way into Gotham.

Marvel superhero to marry his boyfriend

Marvel comic book character Northstar will become the first gay super-hero to walk down the aisle when he marries his boyfriend Kyle in the pages of “Astonishing X-Men” next month.

When he came out in a 1992 issue of “Alpha Flight,” Northstar became the first major gay superhero. Now the comic book world also has out characters like Batwoman, the Question, Wiccan and Hulking.

Soon Northstar aka Jean-Paul Beubier will accomplish another first, marrying partner Kyle Jinadu in June.

Pride month also is when DC comics will reintroduce an “iconic” male superhero as gay.

“When a major comic publisher like Marvel not only includes, but publicly celebrates the legal wedding of two of its gay characters, it is a reflection of how supporting same-sex couples has become the new normal,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick. “Readers expect to see their realities portrayed in these fictional worlds and today that includes married gay and lesbian couples.”

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150 same-sex couples seek marriage licenses in DC

WASHINGTON (AP) — One gay couple met on a Star Trek fan site, another dancing at a country western bar. Some have been together for months, others more than a decade.

About 150 pairs had something in common Wednesday, though, applying for wedding licenses on the first day same-sex unions became legal in the nation’s capital.

The mood at the marriage bureau inside the city’s Moultrie Courthouse was celebratory. Couples clapped, called out “Congratulations” and cupcakes and tulips were handed out. One family said it was important to show up the first day.

“It sets a good example,” said district resident Christine Burkhart, who married Denise Gavin in a ceremony in 2006 in Washington.

The pair stood in line rocking their twin 4-month-olds, Milo and Josephine. “We’ll be able to tell them that we all went together as a family.”

The District of Columbia became the sixth place in the country permitting same-sex unions. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont also issue same-sex couples licenses.

Because of a processing period of three business days for all marriage license applicants, the couples won’t be able to marry until Tuesday. That’s the day they can pick up their licenses.

Sinjoyla Townsend, 41, and her partner of 12 years, Angelisa Young, 47, claimed the first spot in line just after 6 a.m. The district residents are already domestic partners but wanted to marry.

“It’s like waking up Christmas morning,” said Young, who teared up when she sat down to process their paperwork. “It’s really like a dream come true.”

Most couples who applied for licenses were from the district and nearby Virginia and Maryland, which said last week it will recognize same-sex unions performed elsewhere until the state Legislature or courts decide otherwise. One couple got on the road at 4 a.m. to drive from West Virginia and another couple was from Delaware. Some said it was symbolic to get married in the nation’s capital, but for many D.C. is simply home.

A number of couples worried that the licenses would be short-lived as in California, where same-sex marriage was legal for a time but later overturned by voters.

In D.C., the marriage bureau prepared for the day by making license applications gender-neutral, asking for the name of each “spouse” rather than the “bride” and “groom.” The bureau also brought in temporary employees to help its regular staff. Couples got numbers when they arrived to help with crowd control.

Normally, the bureau handles 10 applications a day. On Wednesday it was 151, though at least four heterosexual couples did show up, including Matt Lawson, 30, and Christine Vander Molen, 27.

They are getting married next weekend and couldn’t wait any longer to apply for a license. Vander Molen said she didn’t mind being the “odd couple out” and found it funny when one person looked at them quizzically and asked, “You two are getting married to each other?”

The gay marriage law was introduced in the 13-member D.C. Council in October and had near-unanimous support from the beginning. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty signed it in December, but because Washington is a federal district, the law had to undergo a congressional review period that expired March 2.

Opponents have so far been unsuccessful in challenging the law, but they are still attempting to overturn the bill in court. That worries Eric North and Tom French, both 45, who were at the courthouse.

“We want to get in when we can,” French said.

“I want to be able to say I’m married,” North added.