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Gay Marriage Support Pops Up in Form of Red Logo, Equal Sign

An effort by the Human Rights Campaign that coincides with oral Supreme Court hearings Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington, D.C. has become very visual on Facebook — but not every effort supports the issue.

You may have wondered at the logo showing up all over Facebook — a red square with two pink horizontal lines and folks changing their profile photos to this symbol that stands for marriage equality.

It's an effort by the Human Rights Campaign that coincides with oral Supreme Court hearings today and Wednesday in Washington, D.C.  on the issue.

The equality symbol signifies that marriage equality really is all about love, the HRC post says, adding that in addition to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender supporters, heterosexuals are especially encouraged to do so as "straight allies."

"Together we will show the nation that we believe all Americans deserve to be treated fairly and equally under the law — no matter who they love," according to the HRC.

Saukville resident Greg Huegerich is one person who followed suit, switch his Facebook profile picture.

"It's 2013, marriage equality is the right stance for those who believe in the Equal Rights provided by the 14th amendment, and where our legal rules are not defined by religious affiliations that only some are a part of," " Huegerich told Patch.

Founded in 1980, HRC advocates on behalf of LGBT Americans, mobilizes grassroots actions in diverse communities, invests strategically to elect fair-minded individuals to office and educates the public about LGBT issues, according to its website.

On the Huffington Post, LGBT activist, writer and blogger John Becker writes in "The Weight of History: Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court,":

No one knows for certain how the arguments today or tomorrow will go, nor do we know how the Supreme Court will rule in June. But we do know that the day will soon come when LGBT individuals, couples, and families are equally protected under the law. We know it won't be long until we are fully and wholly included in the lofty American ideals of liberty and justice for all. And we know that we will win this fight.

The full weight of our history has come to bear today, and I know it will ultimately tip the scales toward justice, toward love.

A Caledonia resident, Eddie Willing, posted a different photo (attached to this story), one which features the equal sign and describes it as two indistinguishable pieces that "shall forever remain apart." The photo also features the two bars assembled as a cross, calling it two "different orientations which fuse perfectly into one single shape."

Willing told Patch that his stance on the subject is a little different from those strictly opposed on religious grounds.

"In a democratic society, the local laws reflect the local culture. And since the rights of marriage are essentially able to be duplicated, legally, I don't see the point in messing with it. But if my region changes, I don't think a national government should stop that or impose its will on us," he wrote. "I'm just saying that marriage is a church thing, a union is a government thing. So I acknowledge the position of the homosexual community on a legal basis, but recognize that traditional marriage is my religious conviction and has been tradition for thousands of years for most of mankind."

Do you support gay marriage? Why or why not?

Tell us in the comments.

Greg Huegerich March 28, 2013 at 12:53 AM
What was more impressive than the equal signs to me were the number of folks with this graphic: https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/579534_10151358076111769_987401514_n.jpg

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