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Symbol to support gay marriage goes viral on Facebook

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Have you seen the image in this story on your facebook feed? On the same day justices hear arguments over same-sex marriage, a red equal sign is going viral on Facebook.

The Human Rights Campaign Facebook page asked people to wear red and to make their Facebook profiles red to show support for marriage equality.

Their posts have been shared over 100,000 times.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court could end up avoiding a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry.
 
During arguments today on California's ban on same-sex marriage, several justices raised doubts that the case should even be before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy -- possibly the deciding vote in the case -- suggested that the court could dismiss it with no ruling at all. That would almost certainly allow gay marriages to resume in California, but it would have no impact elsewhere.
 
Kennedy said he was afraid the court would go into "uncharted waters" if it embraced arguments from gay marriage supporters.
 
But a lawyer representing two same-sex couples said the court had ventured into the unknown in 1967 when it struck down bans on interracial marriage.
 
During today's arguments, there was no apparent majority on the court for any particular outcome. And there were doubts expressed about the arguments from all sides -- the supporters and opponents of California's ban on gay marriage, and the Obama administration, which is in favor of same-sex marriage rights.
 

Several members of the court were troubled by the administration's main contention that when states offer same-sex couples civil union rights, they must also allow marriage.  There was also resistance to the argument of gay marriage opponents that the court should uphold the ban as a valid expression of the people's will.

Both sides heard outside court
 
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Both inside and outside the Supreme Court today, both sides of the gay marriage debate have been heard.
 
As justices considered California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage, supporters of those marriages were outside the court, carrying pictures of gay weddings and families, and holding signs that read, "Marriage is a constitutional right."
 
Opponents marched down a roadway in front of the court, with signs reading, "Every child deserves a mom and dad" and "vote for holy matrimony."
 
Two women from Virginia had matching signs with their California marriage license on one side and a picture of their wedding ceremony on the other. They had married in California during the 142 days when it was legal in the state. One of the women said the court decision "can change our lives tremendously."
 
Among those demonstrating against gay marriage was a Pennsylvania woman who was there with her teenage children. Christine Clark says she knows and loves gay people, but does not believe in gay marriage. And a man from Rhode Island, who said foes of gay marriage are the "silent majority," said, "The whole country does not want this."

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