With Wonder Woman taking movie theaters by storm this summer, fans are unearthing plenty of previously niche-known facts about the comic book superhero. And one such fun fact is also a pretty progressive one: back in 2015, Wonder Woman officiated a gay wedding.
In a 2015 issue titled Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, Chapter 48, the heroine presided over a ceremony celebrating love between two of her fellow Themyscira dwellers. (As fans are aware, Wonder Woman, nee Diana Prince, is originally from a land made up entirely of women.)
Not only did Wonder Woman help celebrate the happy couple’s nuptials, however; the superhero also schooled Clark Kent, aka Superman, when he seemed confused about her involvement.
“I… didn’t know you’re a proponent of gay marriage,” Clark said in one frame of the comic strip, illustrated by Jason Badower. Diana simply replied, “Clark, my country is all women. To us, it’s not ‘gay’ marriage. It’s just marriage.”
Wonder Woman officiates a gay wedding.
— Best of DC Comics (@BestOfDCComics) December 13, 2016
The comic strip was recently resurfaced on a Tumblr by lgbtincomics, and has garnered more than 25,000 notes in less than 24 hours.
In an interview last September, Wonder Woman writer Greg Rucka confirmed that the heroine is, in fact, queer. Rucka further clarified why Wonder Woman had to be queer in the context of her origin story.
“It’s supposed to be paradise,” he said of Wonder Woman’s native Themyscira. “You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able—in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner—to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women.”
“But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, ‘You’re gay,’” he continued. “They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist.”