I recently read in an article that Spider-Man/Peter Parker is supposed to be a white-colored person. At least for the SONY version. Also, I read it was for the Civil War movie from Marvel Comics. Skin color shouldn't be a factor. Gay, lesbian, shouldn't be factors as well.
Nostalgically, I can see it matter to a handful of geeks and hardcore nerds. I've been attending conventions (for Anime/SiFi/comic book, etc) for nearly 10 years and I have seen people taking issues like that one and go way overboard. It's just sad!