EUGENE, Ore – Hundreds of people gathered at the old Eugene Federal Building Tuesday evening to support marriage equality, and to make their stance known to the supreme court as they look over proposition eight and DOMA this week.Groups are rallying for the ‘Freedom to Marry’ in Eugene, across the country, and online.
They started by painting social media red.
“This is the first time I’ve logged into my Facebook and seen the same profile picture for a lot of people,” said marriage quality supporter Zach Benedict.
Red with equal signs. Not the just gay community, but all those in support of equality, are making it known online.
“I think its more than just gay rights at this point, it’s overall equality, and people I was not expecting to see supporting it,” said Benedict.
Benedict was quick to join in today’s media movement.
“As soon as I posted it, everyone was liking it, probably 30 to 40 likes in an hour,” said Benedict.
His red equal sign replaced a picture of him and his partner Dustin. They’ve been together for more than two years, friends for 11, and gay since birth.
“When you’re born homosexual, you can’t help that. There is still a facade, the idea that people still think ‘oh you’ve made this decision, so this is what you have to deal with, not having equal rights,” said Benedict.
Benedict says its time to modify that mindset, and support same-sex marriage, more importantly overall equal rights.
“For me it’s more, I would like the same benefits, the same tax incentives. I could care less about the word marriage, I just want to know that I am supported for being the person I am,” said Benedict.
That’s what he, Dustin, and everyone else who’s gathering not just online, but across the country, are hoping for.
They want the ‘Freedom to Marry’ and they’re relying on the Supreme Court to make it so, starting with looking over California’s Proposition 8 and DOMA this week.
“There’s a task oriented issue here, what’s going to happen? And it keeps getting pushed to the next vote, pushed to the next vote, and I think people are saying it’s time, make a decision,” said Benedict.
Same-sex marriage supporters know its not that easy, but they hope it gets easier soon.
“You can only ignore things for so long, and I’ve never been in your face about my rights, and you need to do this for me and this needs to change, but I’ve always been in support of equality, and to me, that’s what the focus is about, is just general overall equality,” said Benedict.