You simply can't ignore the red today. From images of equal signs filling up your Facebook feed to people dressed in all red, the bright color is everywhere on and offline. That's because today is a huge day for gay-marriage supporters.
Today marks the first of two days of Supreme Court hearings over crucial same-sex marriage laws. Today, the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8 is being discussed and tomorrow the court will address the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which prevents same-sex couples from marrying nationally.
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Thanks to the Human Rights Campaign, who began promoting the equality image (pictured above) yesterday to gain online support over today's hearings in Washington, everyone from your long-lost high school acquaintance to celebrities have been voicing their support today with powerful images and words.
So what does it mean that all of your Facebook friends' profiles have gone completely red and that even our president is tweeting his support for same-sex marriage? A lot.
We already know the mental health benefits that come from allowing same-sex couples to marry, that gay parents are thriving, the cost of banning gay marriage and the positive effects of acceptance for all of society. So what else do we need to prove how essential this is?
Perhaps the Human Rights Campaign says it best on their website: "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."
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