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March 27, 2013 at 1:21 PM
Big week for same-sex couples and the Supreme Court of the United States, huh?
My Facebook feed is blowing up with different versions of the Human Rights Campaign’s signature red “equal” logo. Many of us are changing our profile photos to mark the significance of this week’s arguments over the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban and the federal government’s Defense of Marriage Act.
We’d love to share our take on the sign with you below. Feel free to use it as your social media profile photo:
The image above is also a reference to our editorial board’s “I Do” social media campaign last fall in support of Referendum 74, the measure that affirmed the state Legislature’s 2012 decision to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington.
Though our state has made progress on this front, many Washingtonians are still subject to DOMA laws, meaning those who are in same-sex relationships and working for federal agencies cannot receive federal benefits. Within state boundaries, federal employers include seven military bases, the Department of Energy’s Hanford site, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Attorney’s office, etc.
Our state should be proud to be one of nine states to recognize marriage rights for all, but we still have work to do to ensure full and fair rights at every level of government.
Let’s hope the highest court in the land helps us move this dialogue forward in a positive way.