When I logged on to Facebook this morning, I noticed something a little different. The icon next to where you can comment on a person's post or picture was a little red square with a pink equal sign tucked neatly inside. Normally, that little square would have been a profile picture (I think? see how observant I am?!) but not today. Nope. That perfect little square with its perfect little equal sign was there and I had no idea what it meant. So I did some research and here is what I found:
From LGBT News on Facebook:
"Tuesday and Wednesday are
the beginning of what may be the single most important cases to come before the
United States Supreme Court in our lifetime.
On Tuesday, the court hears the opening arguments challenging
California's Proposition 8. It centers on the principle that all Americans
deserve the right to marry the one they love, and that that freedom should not
be denied based on sexual orientation.
On Wednesday, the court hears arguments on the
Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which denies those lawfully-married
same-sex couples in the states which allow same-sex marriage from receiving the
more than 1,138 federal rights, benefits and protections based on marital
status. These include access to Social Security and tax benefits, family and
medical leave, immigration rights, federal health coverage and much more.
The profile picture you see all over Facebook is an equal sign symbolizing our fight for equal – not
special – rights and protections under the law, set against the red field
symbolizing that eternal hope of all human beings, the hope of finding love and
being able to spend your life with that person, fully recognized under the law."
Seemed straight-forward enough (no pun intended), so I posted the picture and updated my profile picture to reflect it as well.
I had no idea of the magnitude this perfect little red box with a perfect little pink equal sign would have! By noon, when I next logged on to Facebook almost every single post had some form of the red box. Most of my friends had also changed their profile pictures. Facebook was a sea of beautiful red love and I couldn't have been prouder.
I was actually overwhelmed by what I was witnessing and at one review of my FB feed in the afternoon, I choked back tears and gasped because there was nothing within that feed that didn't reflect equality in marriage. It was magical. Oh the power to change we all harness when we work together for something positive and good!
I am not gay but I have friends that are and I love them dearly. Love is love regardless of age, race, or sexual orientation. I hope to one day live in a world that is not damaged by hate but is one that flourishes with love. Perhaps I am an idealist but I think if we keep fighting, love will win.
Besides…can't we just get over it already?! How is a union between two men or two women worse or any less than for a male and female union?! What's the big frigging deal?
I do not know what the next few months will bring (we won't have a decision until later in June) but one thing I do know is that love conquers all and in my heart I know that equality will prevail.
What a beautiful day in the social media world to have been a part of! There is strength in numbers. I know, I have seen it with my own two eyes.