NEW YORK, NEW YORK, June 1, 2012, ( – It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s social engineering.

After much anticipation, DC Comics has revealed the Green Lantern will be reinvented as a homosexual in the second issue of Earth 2, which hits newsstands next Wednesday.

The New York Post reported the superhero announces his sexuality by abruptly kissing his boyfriend, Sam.

The Lantern’s change of sexual orientation comes the same month that Marvel Comics’ X-Men superhero Northstar will “marry” his boyfriend in this month’s issue of Astonishing X-Men. June is LGBT month. 

The family advocacy group One Million Moms stated DC Comics co-publisher Dan DiDio promised he would introduce a new character rather than change the sexual orientation of an existing superhero, but Senior VP Sales Bob Wayne later said DiDio’s view “had evolved.”

Comic enthusiasts greeted the announcement with rage. “As a fan of The Green Lantern going back to ‘65, I’m OUTRAGED that DC would destroy him this way, just to score PC points,” one collector tweeted.

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The alteration will not necessarily affect the Ryan Reynolds film franchise. DC has changed the sexual preference of Alan Scott, the first Green Lantern, who debuted in 1940. Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, the second Green Lantern, who replaced Scott as the holder of the green ring in the 1950s.

Series author James Robinson said he first suggested the change eight months ago, because the new storyline is set in the distant past, before the birth of Alan Scott’s son, Obsidian, who is a homosexual.

“Why do adult gay men need comic superheroes as role models?” One Million Moms asked in a press release. Homosexual activists “want to indoctrinate impressionable young minds by placing these gay characters on pedestals.”

In the new parallel universe, Green Lantern is “the strongest, most important super-powered character,” Robinson said. “He’s a media mogul, a hero, a dynamic type-A personality and he’s gay.” 

“He’s fearless and he’s honest to the point where he realized he was gay and he said ‘I’m gay.’”   

The new GL will be part of an alternate timeline Justice League, Robinson said.

Robinson was mindful of the impact his character will have on children’s views of sexuality. “I hope he’s a positive figure,” Robinson stated. “If there’s some kind of kid out there who’s reading the comic and who’s worried about the person he is, maybe it will give him a positive sense of who he is…We should be preaching love and tolerance.”

Homosexual characters, though a departure from the all-American moral messages of the 1940s, are not new to comic books nor to Robinson. The author, who lives in San Francisco with his wife, wrote DC’s Starman comic, whose title character is homosexual. DC featured one of the first homosexual kisses in its pages in 1988.

However, the pace of homosexual characters being introduced to young readers seems to be quickening.

Kevin Keller “married” his male partner in “Life With Archie” No. 16 in January.

The long-running comic strip “Funky Winkerbean,” penned by Tom Batiuck, had a same-sex couple attend the prom in April.

One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, has led boycotts against Archie Comics, Marvel, and now DC.

Robinson said he does not fear a boycott, because “that kind of negativity is stupid and outmoded.”

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