Facebook Page ’Gay Marriage USA’ Pushes for Equality
As the fight over marriage equality plays out in the U.S. Supreme Court, advocates for same sex marriage are letting their voices be heard online. With his popular Facebook page, Gay Marriage USA, Murray Lipp has a rare platform to communicate with an enormous audience on a daily basis.
Gay Marriage USA’s page is listed as a cause on Facebook. The site has more than 331,000 likes. Its success comes as no surprise to Lipp, who had previously run a similar page supporting gay marriage in New York State.
"Being gay, and having been involved in LGBT activism for many years, I knew there was a lot of interest to support this type of project. And I knew I had the level of passion for the issue and the type of social media skills needed to ensure success," he told SFGN.
The Facebook page allows users to post comments, photos and share information about issues surrounding gay marriage. There are countless pictures of people from outside the Supreme Court during the same sex marriage hearings; but the ones that really stand out are from couples and families.
"Lots of people send me private messages and emails about the page. Some people write to say ’thanks’ that the page exists as the photos and content featured on GMUSA speak to their lives - it validates their sense of identity in certain respects, in ways that mainstream society does not," Lipp said.
Mindy Dawn Rutherford likes the feeling of community on Gay Marriage USA. "They help me stay focused on what is really important for this country. They share stories, news lines, quotes etc. It keeps me in touch with people who also fight the good fight," she said.