Photo: Human Rights Campaign
Assuming you’ve been on Facebook in the past 24 hours, you’ve probably seen at least some your friends change their profile picture to the above symbol: the Human Rights Campaign’s red logo in honor of the fight for marriage equality. A spokesperson told MSNBC, “Red is a symbol for love, and that’s what marriage is all about … We wanted to give people an opportunity to show their support for marriage equality in a public and visible way.”
Since Monday when it was posted, the image has been shared over 77,000 from the organization’s Facebook alone — not including the number of people who have posted it independently or through other Facebook pages.
The big push from HRC comes at an important crossroads for the campaign for marriage equality: The Supreme Court is undergoing two days of oral arguments on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the piece of Californian legislation that banned same-sex marriage. At this point, only nine states (and the District of Columbia) have legalized same-sex marriage, though the majority of Americans support it.
The hearings have raised a lot of questions on what SCOTUS ruling could mean — some obviously hope that it will finally validate same-sex marriage on a national level, while others worry that whatever decision is made could galvanize the anti-gay marriage movement just as Roe v. Wade did in the 70s and set back gains on the state level.
From reports and the transcript of the hearings, it seems that the Supreme Court justices are somewhat apprehensive about the case.
Said Justice Sonia Sotomayor, “If the issue is letting the states experiment and letting the society have more time to figure out its direction, why is taking a case now the answer?”
Justice Kennedy, who is considered the swing vote in the decision, expressed uncertainty, saying that “We have five years of information to weigh against 2,000 years of history or more”— referring to the brief period in which gay and lesbian couples have been able to marry in select states.
As someone who tried to read the transcript of the hearings, it’s difficult to even understand. A lot of legal terms and debate over something that seems so obvious (even to the President, who’s been one of the most active Tweeters on the topic).
Either way, in a few days we’ll have some sort of historic decision in the fight for marriage equality — and judging by Twitter, it’s easy to guess which one most people are looking for.