Equal Signs of the Time: Facebook Profile Pictures for the Supreme Court and Same Sex Marriage

by David on March 31, 2013

If you were on Facebook last week, you had to have seen all of the red equal signs as your friends’ profile pictures as a sign of support for same sex marriage. From what I can tell, it started as part of the Human Rights Campaign‘s effort to increase awareness and show support for marriage equality.

First I saw the equal signs. Then they started to change color. Then came the rings which seemed creative until I saw the cakes and Rothkos. (If this has helped to increase appreciation for modern art, that would be great.) Hearts started to show up along with animals. Of course there were the cats, and more cats. But then the dogs started coming and as I looked around, there were some other animals as well. Characters began to appear. Star Wars, Star Trek and Sesame Street seem to be favorites. Video game characters would not be left behind and several appeared animated. Superheroes, well my friends who know me well know that once I saw a Wonder Woman equal sign, I was hooked. And with the unicorns (the running joke in my house is that when asked what I would do if I had the last living unicorn, my answer without pause was “Eat it”) I had to see what else there was.

There were maps, flags and religious symbols. The last flag I found was the most satisfying as it integrated the equal sign into the flag. I had been wondering why no one had done that. It seems that the season is important to the development of memes like this as there was a lot matzah for Passover and Easter brought us bunnies, eggs, peeps and the like.

The last I found were the personalized images. I finally gave up gathering those as there was little diversity among the ones I uncovered last. My favorite was the one with the iPhone as it almost captures the meme of Congressional photos that will force someone to resign. While I would have expected to see Hilary Clinton in one, John Boehner was hilarious and the one that incorporated the 9 Supreme Court justices was creative. John Cusack switching from Peter Gabriel to an equal sign was good as was the planting of the equal sign on the moon.

Below you will find what may be the most comprehensive collection of equal signs from last week. I don’t want to debate the issues so please don’t comment on them. I will admit that one of the images was created as an anti-abortion icon and the artist did not want it to be included as a pro-marriage equality icon. Screw it… I did. I’m also not sure if the guns are for or against as freedom to bear any arms tends to be popular in the same states that are overwhelmingly opposed to same sex marriage. ┬áBack to my point, I gathered these images as I am intrigued by the iconography surrounding this issue. It spread quickly, broadly and, most of all, creatively. I haven’t counted but I think there are approximately 400 images here.

There was one thing missing: a QR Code. Regular readers will note that I love QR codes and wish they would take off. So, I created one for the HRC:

HRC_QRcode

 

 

 

 

Oh, for the faint of heart, stop before the end which is where the NSFW images are. If you were wondering if there were any with penises, remember that this is the internet.

Note that some (e.g. one of the Pongs) are animated but WordPress doesn’t want to display that. Consider them appropriately Easter Eggs for you to find and click through.

If you’ve seen more, please add them in the comments. If you want to debate the issues, please return to Facebook and talk amongst your friends.

Enjoy!

 

01_equal_basic01_equal_basic201_equal_wide 01_equal_waving 01_equal_triangles 01_equal_topography 01_equal_three 01_equal_tankgame 01_equal_soundmix 01_equal_rightsideofhistory 01_equal_redequalsignwords 01_equal_pyramid 01_equal_onelove 01_equal_love2 01_equal_kesha 01_equal_equality 01_equal_emoticon 01_equal_gdivision 01_equal_divaforequality 01_equal_bricks 01_equal_wallloveisequal01_equal_marriageequality 01_equal_timeisnow 01_equal_keepcalm 01_equal_humanrights 01_equal_fairplay 01_equal_darwin 01_equal_damnright 01_equal_kony 01_equal_interracialmarriage 01_equal_exclamation 01_equal_plus1equals2 01_equal_words01_equal_greaterthanorequalto 01_equal_greaterthan2 01_equal_greaterthan 01_equal_signs3ways02_equal_signage 02_equal_pagans 02_equal_button 02_equal_bandivorce 02_equal_usflag2 02_equal_stitched 02_equal_stickerHRC 02_equal_sticker 02_equal_sign 02_equal_scotusrainbow 02_equal_rainbowheart 02_equal_rainbow 02_equal_prism 02_equal_pinkgray 02_equal_notequal 02_equal_neon 02_equal_lips2 02_equal_glitter 02_equal_geometric 02_equal_creased 02_equal_constitution2 02_equal_colors8 02_equal_colors7 02_equal_colors6 02_equal_colors4 02_equal_colors2 02_equal_colors 02_equal_button 02_equal_bluewithstars 02_equal_bluered 02_equal_blueflag 02_equal_black12_equal_heartequal 12_equal_scotussignheart 12_equal_manifestequality 12_equal_holdinghands 12_equal_heartpurple 12_equal_heartpaint 12_equal_hearthands2 12_equal_hearthands 12_equal_heartcrayon 12_equal_heart5 12_equal_heart4 12_equal_heart3 12_equal_heart 12_equal_freedomtomarry 12_equal_craiggoldstein_heart13_equal_rothkodog13_equal_rothko3 13_equal_rothko2 13_equal_rothko1 13_equal_painting 13_equal_paint 13_equal_framedpaint14_equal_ringsinterlocked2 14_equal_ringsinterlocked 14_equal_ringsheart 14_equal_rings6 14_equal_rings5 14_equal_rings 14_equal_marriage203_equal_sticksinsauce 03_equal_pepperoni2 03_equal_smirnoff 03_equal_oddfood 03_equal_milkcartons 03_equal_mcribs 03_equal_icecreamsandwich 03_equal_hotsauce 03_equal_hotdogs3 03_equal_equal2 03_equal_cupcakes2 03_equal_cupcake 03_equal_cheeseburger 03_equal_bacon9 03_equal_toast 03_equal_spaghetti 03_equal_pepperoni2 03_equal_pancakes 03_equal_icecreamsandwich 03_equal_hotsauce 03_equal_equal2 03_equal_cupcake 03_equal_cheeseburger 03_equal_cereal 03_equal_candy 03_equal_bacon9 03_equal_absolut 03_equal_tacos 03_equal_springroll 03_equal_platter 03_equal_pinkslime 03_equal_pepperonipizza 03_equal_matzoh2 03_equal_matzah5 03_equal_matzah4 03_equal_matzah 03_equal_liquidrush 03_equal_jellybeans 03_equal_hotdogs 03_equal_grilledcheese 03_equal_equalsweetener 03_equal_carrots 03_equal_cake3 03_equal_cake2 03_equal_cake 03_equal_bacon8 03_equal_bacon7 03_equal_bacon6 03_equal_bacon5 03_equal_bacon4 03_equal_bacon04_equal_snowdog 04_equal_donbones4 04_equal_corgi 04_equal_cat9 04_equal_snowdog 04_equal_daschund2 04_equal_angrycat 04_equal_unicorns 04_equal_unicorn2 04_equal_sloth 04_equal_dogsdacschunds 04_equal_dogs3 04_equal_dogpaw 04_equal_dogbones2 04_equal_dogbones 04_equal_dogbelly 04_equal_catsgrandcanyon 04_equal_cats8 04_equal_cats 04_equal_cat9 04_equal_cat4 04_equal_cat2 04_equal_cat 04_equal_bulldog 04_equal_bearclaw04_equal_giraffe 04_equal_squids05_equal_bunny 05_equal_twitter 05_equal_easterpeeps 05_equal_eastereggs 05_equal_easter2 05_equal_chicks 05_equal_bunnyears 05_equal_bunny206_equal_usflaginside 06_equal_oregon 06_equal_mormons 06_equal_washington 06_equal_walmart 06_equal_usmap 06_equal_usflag 06_equal_tulsaeagle 06_equal_texas 06_equal_oklahoma 06_equal_newmexico 06_equal_israeliflag 06_equal_hawaii 06_equal_flag 06_equal_canada207_equal_underwear 07_equal_tampons 07_equal_sofas 07_equal_pillows 07_equal_petals 07_equal_papers 07_equal_nailpolish 07_equal_lonboards 07_equal_logs 07_equal_loccitane 07_equal_lips4 07_equal_lighningbolt 07_equal_lego 07_equal_gaming 07_equal_erasers2 07_equal_erasers1 07_equal_equalizer 07_equal_chicagobaseball 07_equal_chains 07_equal_bikes 07equal_cross1 07_equal_twintowers 07_equal_tampons 07_equal_spoons 07_equal_spaceneedle 07_equal_shoesoles 07_equal_radeon 07_equal_pants2 07_equal_pants 07_equal_manwomansignicons 07_equal_lonboards 07_equal_fblike 07_equal_8D 07_equal_windmill 07_equal_whiteproducts 07_equal_tshirtforsale 07_equal_trains 07_equal_shell 07_equal_radio 07_equal_policebox 07_equal_plug 07_equal_pattern 07_equal_music 07_equal_moustaches 07_equal_motor 07_equal_mix 07_equal_lipstick 07_equal_legs 07_equal_is 07_equal_handsword 07_equal_guns2 07_equal_guns 07_equal_guitars 07_equal_glowsticks 07_equal_footprints 07_equal_fist3 07_equal_fist 07_equal_fangs 07_equal_fairycartoon 07_equal_dreamcatcher 07_equal_dragons 07_equal_design 07_equal_crucifix 07_equal_crown 07_equal_couples 07_equal_cosmosismusique 07_equal_budlight 07_equal_bs 07_equal_braids 07_equal_books 07_equal_bones 07_equal_blackflag 07_equal_birds 07_equal_balletshoes 07_equal_automotive08_equal_yoda 08_equal_stormtroopers 08_equal_startrekenterprise 08_equal_startrek 08_equal_spaceship 08_equal_spaceship 08_equal_r2d2words 08_equal_r2d2c3po2 08_equal_r2d2c3po 08_equal_r2d2 08_equal_lunarlanding09gd_equal_gratefuldead4 09_equal_snoopy 09_equal_simpsons 09_equal_shrek 09_equal_r2d2c3pofigures 09_equal_pong 09_equal_pokemon 09_equal_pacman 09_equal_mylittlepony 09_equal_mariobros2 09_equal_mariobros5 09_equal_lordoftherings 09_equal_ironman 09_equal_donkeykong 09_equal_coupledrawing 09_equal_anime5 09_equal_anime 09_equal_alien 09_equal_wreckitralph 09_equal_tetris 09_equal_smokingspy 09_equal_scotusjustices 09_equal_ponies 09_equal_ponganimated 09_equal_pong 09_equal_pokemon 09_equal_pacman 09_equal_mariobros2 09_equal_mylittlepony 09_equal_gardentroll 09_equal_frenchcharacters 09_equal_ermahgerd3 09_equal_daleks 09_equal_coupledrawing 09_equal_castle 09_equal_berterniecostumes 09_equal_anime3 09_equal_anime2 09_equal_anime 09_equal_alien 09b_equal_wonderwomancartoon 09a_equal_wonderwoman 09_equal_witchhat 09_equal_vintage 09_equal_superman 09_equal_spongbobpatrick 09_equal_sayanything 09_equal_rockyhorror2 09_equal_rockyhorror 09_equal_robot 09_equal_rainbows_unicorns 09_equal_peanuts 09_equal_ottergay 09_equal_operamuppets 09_equal_mawwage 09_equal_mariobros 09_equal_lionking 09_equal_libertyandjustice 09_equal_lesmis 09_equal_hellokitty2 09_equal_hellokitty 09gd_equal_gratefuldead2 09gd_equal_gratefuldead 09_equal_flashfight 09_equal_ermahgerd1 09_equal_ermahgerd 09_equal_donkeykong 09_equal_cristinalucia 09_equal_chickens 09_equal_bluebird 09_equal_berterniesinging 09_equal_bert_ernie 09_equal_beatles 09_equal_bear 09_equal_batman03_equal_bettyboopequal_whale equal_superheroes equal_space equal_pacman2 equal_operamuppets2 equal_morebacon equal_monkey equal_mariobros5 equal_cathate equal_barbies10_equal_liztaylor 10_equal_king 10_equal_hiddenwoman 10_equal_colorfulnails 10_equal_ibrokeit 10_equal_kissing 10_equal_faggot 10_equal_donemypart 10_equal_artmuseum 10_equal_actress 10_equal_woodywoodruff 10_equal_willienelson 10_equal_whitneypaige 10_equal_voicebubble 10_equal_vanessaryan 10_equal_tracybrachman 10_equal_thumbsuck 10_equal_sylvainjal 10_equal_seanmcbride 10_equal_seanjaffe 10_equal_schuylerhowland 10_equal_ryanjonesiphone 10_equal_rusellpogue 10_equal_robharper 10_equal_robertlawson 10_equal_rachaelsommers 10_equal_priscilladivine 10_equal_pride 10_equal_pradadiamond 10_equal_practicelovenotlabels 10_equal_petersteinle 10_equal_pastorneillspurgin 10_equal_paisleyparque 10_equal_paigecpinckney 10_equal_onface 10_equal_olmos 10_equal_noh8 10_equal_mistyknight 10_equal_mimimarks 10_equal_meganmorehouse 10_equal_marriagepics 10_equal_liza 10_equal_lisavanshoyck 10_equal_lips3 10_equal_ladytajmahall 10_equal_kevinfalkenstern 10_equal_karuwickentower 10_equal_karatbelle 10_equal_kamdentcass 10_equal_julizaalezae 10_equal_joshualakeyhinson 10_equal_joshuabrainjaffe 10_equal_jorgelara 10_equal_joneiplastic 10_equal_jessemadrigal 10_equal_jeffmunzing 10_equal_jean-patrickfabre 10_equal_jacobhoxsey 10_equal_jaclynwellner 10_equal_jackmalysa 10_equal_hrhsf 10_equal_hrcflagscotus 10_equal_hilary 10_equal_glindaoz 10_equal_gingerminj 10_equal_facepaint 10_equal_eyes 10_equal_emilymartin 10_equal_eleanorroosevelt 10_equal_dustinclayowens 10_equal_dress3women 10_equal_divine 10_equal_denatcass 10_equal_danielrose 10_equal_claudiasinclair 10_equal_christopherliporto 10_equal_chrissapphire 10_equal_pauladeen 10_equal_brooklynleight 10_equal_brianaugustus 10_equal_boehner 10_equal_bobbybebeadamsbrunk 10_equal_aurorasexton 10_equal_assaadphoenix 10_equal_ashtonmanoflamanchabailey 10_equal_ashtoncruz 10_equal_andrewtmichael 10_equal_amayasexton 10_equal_amandastern_yellow 10_equal_amandastern_white 10_equal_amandastern_amanda 10_equal_6womenindresses11_equal_penis4 11_equal_penis3 11_equal_penis2 11_equal_penis 11_equal_joints2

 

 

 

 

 

 

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Robyn Weisman March 31, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Great post. I’ve also seen ones with Bert and Ernie, the Statue of Liberty kissing Columbia, and a few others. It’s really heartening to see!

Reply

David March 31, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Thanks, Robyn. The Statue of Liberty is in there with the kiss. Bert & Ernie are up there 3 times: smiling, singing and kissing.

Reply

Robyn Weisman April 3, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Ugh, I can’t believe I missed them!

Reply

David April 3, 2013 at 4:40 pm

It’s easy to miss. There are just too many ;-)

Reply

Marc Chevalier April 1, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Leave a Comment

Previous post: