Liberty and Marriage Equality
I’m not the kind of person to change my Facebook picture for various causes. Sure I want to cure cancer and feed starving children, but changing my profile picture isn’t going to help. When it comes to the issue of marriage equality, however, I think it could make a difference. Why? This a human-centered problem with a clear solution. LGBT people want the right to marry their partners, and there are bigoted laws standing in their way. Meanwhile, there are nine men and women who get to decide the issue. The Supreme Court justices stay out of the limelight, but they are human beings with a heart and soul. Regardless of their political affiliations, they are people who have dedicated their careers to protecting our democracy. So in this instance, I think it’s important to make my voice heard.
I’ve watched as a good half of my friends have changed their profile pictures to the Human Rights Campaign’s special red and pink logo to show their support for marriage equality. As a graphic artist, I felt it was my duty to contribute something to the movement. So instead of using my Photoshop skills to make another silly picture, I made one that shows my support for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters. It is based on one of my favorite paintings, Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. For this cause I have replaced the French Tricolore with a marriage equality flag. I have also removed the weapons and violence, since this is not a violent movement. (And I certainly hope it doesn’t become one.)
I have created this image for you to share. It is a high-resolution JPEG that you can easily as to your Facebook profile. (Or any other online avatar.) If you believe that all men are created equal (and women and transgendered people), share this as much as you want. Let’s use the Internet to show our commitment to liberty, equality and fraternity.