People using social media to share their views on same sex marriages
Posted at: 03/27/2013 5:10 PM
| Updated at: 03/27/2013 5:43 PM
By: Joangel Concepcion | WHEC.com
Where do you stand on the issue of gay marriage? People on both sides of the issue made their views clear Wednesday in front of the Supreme Court.
Justices heard arguments about a federal law that prevents legally married gay couples from receiving some of the same federal benefits heterosexual married couples receive. People at the hearing say the high court will probably strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. A final decision isn't expected until June.
This case is all over social media. People are replacing their profile pictures on Facebook and Twitter with the traditional emblem of the human rights campaign. The emblem, which has two yellow stripes on a blue background, has been looking very different this week.
Social media users were encouraged to post a red and pink equal rights symbol by the human right campaign.
Those who are fighting for gay marriage know very well what the little symbol means. But for those who don't, they might now.
Esther Arnold said, “It can be a place to share your political views, your social views and it can be a place to connect over the things they believe to be important.”
Like many people, Esther Arnold spotted the symbol all over her Facebook feed. The human rights campaign urged social media users this week-to paint their timelines red.
Arnold said, “I think this is Facebook in it's best possible light which is people kind of showing how they care about other people's desire to express their love and get married.”
For some who are part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, they say the time for a movement is now.
Matthew Schwartz, gay rights academic/activist, said, “I think that some people might have been sitting on the sidelines saying, 'I don't want to get involved in that, this doesn't apply to me.' Are now saying, 'Oh shoot, we left it up to these nine people, we better voice our opinion now.'”
St. John Fisher Professor of Communications Tom Proietti says movements like this may influence lawmakers. It's a new and improved way for social media users to express themselves.
Proietti said, “This is a really important moment for us to take a stand, to put a symbol up that says, 'I believe in this. I'm firmly on the side of people who believe in this.'”
He says this movement is just the beginning.
Proietti said, “This is going to explode. This is a social and cultural movement that’s not going to slow down. It's going to keep moving faster.”
Others say there's still more work to do.
Schwartz said, “Go ahead and write, take the next step to really ask the people who represent you to make the laws that we want to hear in our country, that's our job to do that.”
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