Have you noticed that Facebook and Twitter users are changing their profile pictures and avatars to an image of a red equal sign?
It comes from the Human Rights Campaign, which advocates equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, by promoting an image of a pink equal sign over a red background to mobilize supporters online as the Supreme Court began hearings on gay marriage last week in Washington, USA. A symbol of equality, the photo has racked up more than 25,000 likes and 78,000 shares on the group’s Facebook page in the past 24 hours. Many people are replacing their facebook and twitter image to promote equal rights for gay marriage. Since actor George Takei changed his profile picture to the red equal sign, the post has received more than 40,000 likes from fans.
The court is presently deliberating California’s Proposition 8, which bans the right for same-sex couples to marry. Arguments regarding the national Defense of Marriage Act, which has legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman since 1996, are under consideration.
Some supporters of gay marriage have taken to social media to add to the weight of public opinion on yhe issue. On Twitter — where Supreme Court ranks in the top 10 in the world’s trending list — supporters like actress Sophia Bush have changed their icons to the equal sign.
See http://hrc.org/standformarriage for more info.