Imagine an Archie Comics gay wedding issue that hits news stands? Think no more; the cultural iconic publication takes on the issue of same-sex marriage. Undoubtedly, Christian Conservatives and the LGBT community are preparing for a clash.
The fictional town of Riverdale is one of the last frontiers of what represents a decent, honest, and innocent America -- one void of flaws and controversy.
It's been that way for decades since the comic book debuted in 1942. Back then, there was only WWII on everyone's mind.
However, fast forward to 2011 and the issues have morphed into domestic conversations involving Christian beliefs, politics, and social mores.
And nestled in between is all the shop talk controversy surrounding same-sex marriage, and who is fit to love who.
Enter an Archie Comics gay wedding with character Kevin Keller. Now, the gloves come off and bare-knuckle sparring takes place over the issue of gay and lesbian marriages. Will anyone object to the nuptials and his choice of "Mr. Right"?
On one side of the argument, there are those who support what the publication is doing. After all, their premise is that the times are much different from 60 years ago Furthermore, the LGBT community must be part of the conversation.
"Gay people share the same dreams," one supporter said.
On the other hand, there are critics of the direction the publication is going. They contend that the gay character Kevin Keller clashes with Archie, Veronica, Betty, Reggie, and Jughead's innocence.
"It's unfortunate that a comic book series usually seen as depicting innocent, all-American life is now being used to advance the sexual revolution," said a person who opposes the upcoming issue.
To them, it's a novelty idea that is profit-driven without regard to the mixed messages it conveys to readers, namely the youth.
While both sides of the Archie Comics gay wedding issue have merits, it underscores how the times have changed, and one size does not fit all.
Do you believe too much pressure is placed on comics as social trend setters or protectors of social innocence?
Where does religion, politics, and the government as gate-keeper enter the conversation of same-sex marriage? Will you buy a copy of "Life With Archie" in 2012?