What Do Those Red And Pink Equal Signs On Facebook Mean?

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Have these pictures been popping up on your Facebook? | Source: HRC Facebook

Maybe you just logged onto your Facebook and noticed that a lot of your friends were missing. Well, not actually missing, but where their profile picture usually is, there’s now a red and pink equal sign.

My news feed is currently full of them, so if you’re wondering what it means, here’s the scoop!

Changing your profile picture to the red and pink equal sign was started by the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT advocacy group. The equal sign is their logo, but this red and pink version is a special edition.

But why today? Well, the idea is to show support for the Supreme Court hearings that are currently under way regarding marriage equality. People have been rallying outside the Supreme Court to show their support, but of course not everyone can make it there. Being able to publicly change a profile picture or share the photo is a way to show solidarity and passion for the cause.

The process and cases of the Supreme Court can be kind of confusing, but here’s the gist of what’s been going on today and will continue tomorrow as the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on two cases related to marriage equality.

Today’s discussions (they’re over by now) were about Proposition 8, which banned sex-same marriage in California back in 2008. You may remember this one in particular as a number of celebrities spoke out against Proposition 8.

The second case, which will be brought up tomorrow, is regarding the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Currently, DOMA doesn’t allow couples in same-sex marriages (even where it is legal) to have all the same benefits as those granted to married couples that consist of a man and a woman.

Now, just because the arguments are happening in March, a final decision on these cases isn’t expected until June. Still, in the mean time, this is a big national story. This recap is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to fully understanding these cases and the potential outcomes.

Take some time to seek out one of the many resources out there to continue to get an up-to-date and more thorough look at what is going on, and if anyone asks you about why Facebook is full of red and pink, you can let them know!

Did your Facebook have any of these pictures? Did you change your profile picture? Have you discussed what’s currently going on with the Supreme Court with your friends and family? What do you think the outcome will be? Tell me in the comments!

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  • Cam

    Why pink though?