Marriage Equality Comes to Final Fantasy

By Brian Andersen

Originally published on Advocate.com June 11 2014 7:47 PM ET

In a sign of LGBT advances, popular video game series Final Fantasy will be giving gay geeks everywhere the opportunity to marry a same-sex partner within the game, reports Pink News.

Video game producer Naoki Yoshida confirmed the addition to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn today during a livestream Q&A, where he revealed that the upcoming patch 2.4 will open the doors to all gaming characters to marry in what is being called a “bonding ceremony” regardless of race, nation, or gender.

“People within Eorzea will be able to pledge their eternal love and or friendship in a ceremony of eternal bonding," Yoshida said. "And this will be open to people regardless of race, creed, and gender. Two players … if they want to be together in Eorzea, they can, through this eternal bonding ceremony.”

He added, “We realized: Within Eorzea, why should there be restrictions on who pledges their love or friendship to each other? And so we decided to go this way.”

Gaming is generally seen as a heterosexual male pursuit, but with this new addition it’s clear the makers of the Final Fantasy franchise are making an effort to recognize the diversity of active gamers. 

Contributor: 
Brian Andersen