Wearing Red

Published March 26, 2013 by clanofthesleepingbear

Yesterday the US Supreme Court listened to arguments about the constitutionality of California’s Prop 8. All across Socialmediaville people have been changing their profile pictures or avatars to a red square with a pink equal sign, showing their support of marriage equality. There’s also been numerous postings and repostings of pictures and and quotations on the same subject.

Something I saw said that yesterday was a ‘wear red to show your support of marriage equality’ day. I thought this was a great idea, and dressed the girls and myself in red. S was very excited by her outfit, as it featured a skirt. It’s been a long, cold, skirt-less winter

Husband saw our outfits and asked about the obvious color theme. He is more up on the news than I am but missed the ‘wear red’ bit. We explained to S, as best you can to a 3/4 year-old, the significance of wearing red. She thought it was wonderful and asked if we could go out to dinner so we could see other people dressed in red.

She’s quite the opportunist.

In the afternoon Husband went for a run wearing a red tshirt, and was happy to report the positive reactions he received from other runners he saw.

Later, when I picked up S from school, I saw not another person wearing red. No one seemed to realize the significance of our outfits, either. I attributed it to a lack of awareness, rather than lack of support for marriage equality, but was still sad and disappointed. Surely we aren’t the only family in town teaching these lessons of equality and social awareness.

At dinner (at home) I asked S if anyone else had worn red to school.

“No.”

Then, “I think maybe no one else wanted to get married today!”

I just love her.

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