Open Thread: How Do We Move Beyond the Red Avatar to Support Marriage Equality?

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  1. Jonathan Bosch says:

    I know it’s obvious to everyone with common sense that denying gay people to marry is a form of denying people civil rights. The sea of red on Facebook was a prime example of it, but that’s because we were seeing our friends & those who are like minded. If you looked out at the real world, like President Obama’s election, it brought out the opposition. While it wasn’t anywhere near as extreme, comments like Justice Salia once again make me wonder how much bigotry we face.

    Having said that, I think that this has created a wave of sanity at least in this aspect of life. I am so proud to be in one of the first states to allow gay marriage & now moving towards sanity in gun regulation. I hope that we finally decriminalize pot so we’ve got more tax revenue & letting the police focus on real crime. As I said, I’m hoping to be a part of the wave of sanity & rise in consciousness. I find the more conscious you are, the happier & productive you are. Be happy!

    • Jonathan:
      Thanks for your input — I know for us gay folks one of the best ways to progress our cause is to be out and be known. Evidence of that working has been seen recently even in a formerly anti-gay Republican. Sounds like you may have had some people make themselves known to you along the way, and they (and your state) are better for it. Keep up the good (gay-marrying, gun-free, legalized pot-smoking) fight!

  2. It took me a long time to change my profile to the red equals. Of course I support marriage equality, and I gladly did my part in Maryland (letter-writing, etc). But I resisted changing my profile pic — I don’t like to jump on a bandwagon that doesn’t serve its purpose, and I really don’t think the “sea of red” will have any impact on the judges’ decisions. I did it eventually because I was hearing friends say that it made them feel supported (I think your phrase “advocated for” is exactly it). I hope the judges come to the same conclusions that my heart already knows are the right answers. But no matter what, I will keep on advocating for love and equality.

    • Angela:
      Thanks for your support, your letter writing, and yes even for changing your photo! :) But most of all, thank you for being a fair-minded human being who speaks their mind!

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