If you have logged onto Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or even Gather, you might have noticed that many profile pictures are gone, replaced by boxes with red equal signs on them. This is the symbol of marriage equality, and it is used to show solidarity as the Supreme Court starts arguing over California initiative Proposition 8, which was passed in 2008. Proposition 8 defines legal marriage as between a man and a woman only.
However, much of the internet appears to disagree with those that passed that proposition (the Mormon church was a very vocal opponent), because all over social media today, people that support the LGBT community having the same rights as everyone else when it comes to marriage, have changed their profile pictures to the red equal signs.
The Human Rights Campaign, a group that works for LGBT rights have organized the campaign, which also includes a sign of solidarity in California, with everyone gathering outside of the U.S. Supreme Court while the issue is under debate. The hashtag #MarriageEquality is also being used, and is currently trending on Twitter.
Some supporters of Prop 8 may not see the signs on the internet as an actual threat to their cause, but the fact is, the internet has shut down proposed legislation before. The biggest event that demonstrated this was when everyone (including Google) blacked out websites to oppose SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) in January of last year.
Are you supporting marriage equality? What social media did you change your profile picture on? What else are you doing to show your support? Answer in the comments below.
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