Red Symbol of Gay Support on Facebook Is Awesome
Mary Elizabeth Williams: Critics who say it's a meaningless gesture are wrong
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 27, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
The red symbol is all over Facebook.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – Those red equal signs popping up all over Facebook and Twitter in support of gay rights have their share of critics—"meaningless gesture that accomplishes nothing" is a common theme—but Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon says those critics are missing the point. True, the logo, which is a tweaked version of the regular logo of the Human Rights Campaign, is an easy gesture to make and one that reaches only your Facebook friends instead of, say, a Supreme Court justice or a member of Congress.

"Ultimately, we all know that Antonin Scalia gives zero craps what your avatar is," Williams says, but that's the point: "It’s a statement of love and support to the people who matter most—the ones you call your friends. And it’s a sweet, simple, powerful way of showing that when you take the faces off Facebook, you’re left with a lot of big, open hearts." Click for Williams' full column.

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ski99
Mar 28, 2013 10:49 AM CDT
Keep in mind the Supreme Court is not reviewing a case about "I love you, you love me, why can't we get married". This is a tax law case resulting from a law suit filed by someone not willing to "pay their fair share" taxes on an inheritance ($370k). Above all this is a case on existing tax law and tax fairness, especially about inheritance tax. It shows we need a complete review and overhaul of our ridiculous tax law with the "follow the money" reasons behind gay marriage.
Tat2d2bamuse
Mar 28, 2013 12:17 AM CDT
Here, now you can rewrite this article and tell people it is newly circulating on Newser as well. Because they are not trying to make you Gay. They just want to be able to be validated in their relationships and take on the assumption they are just as normal as the straight couples procreating all over the place. Trust me dudes, they dont want to hump your butt....and the muffs would definitively never want to eat your wives:)
Cat-Lover
Mar 27, 2013 6:27 PM CDT
It looks like a surreal depiction of two boring married Christians doing the dirty in the missionary position.