NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Two men have tied the knot at a comic book store in Manhattan.

WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman On The Story

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Architect Jason Welker and health care worker Scott Everhart were wed at Midtown Comics on Wednesday, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

Their union was timed to coincide with the release of Marvel’s “Astonishing X-Men” No. 51. In that issue, mutant suerhero Northstar, Marvel‘s first openly gay hero, married his longtime boyfriend Kyle.

“I’ve actually read comics since I was 18,” Everhart told Silverman. “One of our first dates, actually I took him to one of our local comic shops. So he didn’t run screaming when he found out I was a geek.”

“Well it was hilarious,” Welker said. “Because I’m a very to-the-point person and Scott was talking ‘How do you feel about our future together?’ and all of these roundabout questions, and I said ‘Could you please just get to the point already?’ and he told me and I was like ‘Yeah! Let’s go!'”

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So they made the trip from Ohio, where they wouldn’t have been able to do this.

Jason Welker and Scott Everhart cut their wedding cake at Midtown Comics - New York, NY - Jun 20, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

Jason Welker and Scott Everhart cut their wedding cake at Midtown Comics – New York, NY – Jun 20, 2012 (credit: Alex Silverman / WCBS 880)

“Though this is a personal thing for us, in the larger scope, we are showing our support for the community — our community — and so is a mainstream company like Marvel to put this out there to show kids that you can be different and you can be accepted for who you are,” Everhart told 1010 WINS.

“I was a little scared about all the press, that was not a selling point for me by any means, but then Scott talked about us being good role models out there so he kind of sold me on the idea,” Welker said.

Midtown Comics co-owner Gerry Gladston said he was happy to help promote acceptance and tolerance.

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