Push For Marriage Equality Goes Viral
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. While picket signs once paved the way for change, social media may be the new precedent. The Supreme Court is discussing gay marriage and on Wednesday they weighed in on DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act. What sets this civil rights issue apart from others is the buzz happening on social media.
Christy Morris, vice president of the Gay Straight Alliance at Colorado Mesa University, said, "Kind of allows you this place where you don't have to hide because nobody else is hiding."
Heide Hess, the One Colorado field representative, said, "Did I ever imagine something like Twitter? No, I mean AOL had barely started!"
As the Supreme Court discusses gay marriage rights in Washington D.C., the nation is doing it in their living rooms.
"Our social groups have increased in size because of those technologies, so those conversations can happen on a greater level," said Hess.
Donovan Haynie, communications manager for the Cultural Diversity Board at CMU, said, "Gives stronger platform for people to go out and speak out. Going out into the community and protesting, that's something not a lot of people are comfortable doing, especially in a community like this one."
In the past several days, the red equal sign logo has gone viral, with thousands of social media users making it their profile picture. Created by the Human Rights Campaign, it symbolizes equality for all.
"My Facebook feed has just been a sea of red icons," Hess said.
"Changing your profile picture to a red equal symbol isn't going to change the world, but is definitely something that is great and supportive," said Haynie.
"Knowing that there are people out there like you, whoever you are or whatever it is you're going through, there's somebody out there who's been through it, who can be there for you and who's there to tell you it's ok, it's ok for you to be you," Morris said.
The Supreme Court should have their decision by the end of June.