This week is a big week for marriage equality in the United States. Proposition 8 and DOMA are both being heard and discussed by the supreme court. It will be a huge week for same-sex couples — either towards equality or against equal rights.
Many, many people have been reporting, blogging, and talking about this issue. Social media in particular has been blowing up. Perhaps, you’ve been on Facebook and seen the big equality signs that many posted as profile pictures:
This was actually an encouraging sight for me. You see, my Facebook network consists of conservative individuals, religious individuals, libertarians, liberals, people from a small town in Indiana, graduate students, and individuals who barely made it through high school. I knew that I would see strong support from some of these groups. Yet I saw overwhelming support across nearly all these groups, many of whom I couldn’t disagree with more on many issues (and am often shocked to see the crazy things they are willing to post).
To me, this only reinforces what a lot of social science has already told us. Marriage equality is more of a generational issue than a conservative/liberal issue. Even those who may otherwise be conservative are reasonably likely to support same-sex marriage equality if they are young. In fact, the Republican National Committee recently acknowledged this in a report on why they lost the recent election and failed to connect to young voters.
This is not to say that all people – or all young people – are on board. But it is encouraging to see such widespread support across various groups. Perhaps even more encouraging than the mountains of social science research, legal / historical / logical arguments, and newfound political support by both Republican and Democrat politicians.
We still have a ways to go, even if the supreme court rules in favor of marriage equality, but the support I saw today was promising in many ways. For some additional funny and clever signs, check out this site!