There is a red wave sweeping Facebook today. Gone are the smiling profile pictures of your friends and family. In it's place a pink equal sign on a bright red background.
Simplistic in design but a signal of a massive culture shift taking place across the United States. The speed which it spread across Facebook is also symbolic of the power of social media and it's ability to reach beyond the walls of gender, race, state and national boundaries and galvanize the masses.
What or who is behind this red invasion? The Human Rights Campaign. The organization calls itself the largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) quality.
Like most viral social media campaigns it starts with a simple, quiet, post. On Monday, the HRC posted a picture of the color changed logo (it's normally blue and yellow)
and asked: "who is wearing Red tomorrow? Show you support for marriage equality... make your profile image red for tomorrow. In less than 24 hours that original post has already been shared more than 47,000 times.
Chances are before the Supreme Court even started it's first of two days of arguments in cases involving gay marriage, your Facebook feed was flooded with little red boxes.
FOX 26 called the HRC, based in Washington, D.C. and simply asked why red? Charlie, who answered the media line said they picked red because it was the color of love and marriage is all about love and family.
On Tuesday morning, The Supreme Court of the United States began hearing two days of arguments in cases involving gay marriage. The first case centers around California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage. Lawyers for one lesbian and one gay couple
are trying to persuade the nine Supreme Court justices to strike down the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages and declare that gay couples can marry nationwide. Lawyers for supporters of Proposition 8 will ask the High Court not to override
the democratic process and impose a judicial solution that would redefine marriage in some 40 states that do not allow same sex couples to wed. Texas is one of those 40 states. In 2003 it outlawed gay marriage.
Lawmakers followed up two years later with a Constitutional Amendment that defined marriage as between one man and one woman. Texas voters passed that amendment 3 to 1.
A 2011 study by a scholar at the UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute shows about 9 million Americans currently define themselves at gay,lesbian,bisexual or transgender.
This month the Pew Forum on Religion and Public life, a project of the Pew Research Center issued a comprehensive student on Americans changing attitudes on the issue of gay marriage.
In 2001, Americans opposed same-sex marriage by a 57% to 35% margin. Today, there is slightly more support for same-sex marriage than opposition to it, with 49% in favor and 44% opposed.
According to researchers people who are in their 30's today or younder are 70% in favor of marriage equality. Those from Generation X are at about 49% and the percentages of those in favor of marriage equality continue to decline through the baby boomers and the silent generation.
When it comes to the sexes, it shows support for marriage equality has grown for both men and women. Women favor marriage equality slightly more than men 51% to 46%
On Wednesday the court will consider a provision that defines marriage as between a man and a woman for the purpose of deciding who can receive a number of federal benefits, as part of the Defense of Marriage Act passed in 1996.
The Supreme Court ruling on both of these issues isn't expected to be released until June. Until then the debate on both sides will continue in the political arena and the court of public opinion.
You can read the entire Pew Research Center report on "Changing Attitudes on Gay Marriage," © 2013, http://features.pewforum.org/same-sex-marriage-attitudes/index.php.