The Comic Book Shoppe in Ottawa, Canada is making a stand for LGBT rights. According to CBC News on Sunday, the comic book franchise is pulling all work by American author Oscar Scott Card because of his opposition of gay marriage.
Card, who is set to write a story in the upcoming "Adventures of Superman" for DC Comics, has publicly stated that he wants "to criminalize homosexuality" and the owner of one of the Comic Book Shoppe stores, Rob Spittall, feels he is alienating fans of the super hero.
"Superman is a very iconic character to a lot of the gay community. He's a character that stands for truth, justice and freedom for all, and to see and learn, like I had, about Orson Scott Card...I was astounded to find out that everything there was true."
The book store's decision to pull work has mostly been positive but there are a few who disagree, believing that the decision amounts to censorship. But Spittall will stand strong with his decision stating that he also refused to carry the work of another writer because of the author's anti-feminist views and believes what he is doing is the right thing.
"I am doing something right. I mean, I'm in a world of superheroes. it's the superhero's job to stand up and fight for what we believe in. And by me taking this standpoint, it's sort of following through with my business practices and what I sell."
"Adventures of Superman" is due in May and although The Comic Book Shoppe will not stock it, customers will still have the chance to place special orders for the print edition before March 15.
Spittall is leaving it up to his customers and their "freedom of choice" as far as ordering the book. But it is clear where the comic book franchise stands on gay rights and those who are against it.