I know that not everyone is going to support the idea that people of the same sex should be able to get married. Even if I think that that is a completely ignorant way to think, I understand that some people feel that way. But is it necessary for people who feel marriage equality is unimportant to use images like this:
What good does that do? I know that people will claim Freedom of Speech, and I guess that this falls under that. Still, it seems like using an image like that is more like branding yourself a bigot for all the world to see. It seems like a public declaration of ignorance. It seems like the kind of thing that could come back to bite someone in the ass one day.
It almost seems worse for advertising groups to get into using it, especially ones trying to promote cities on social media. I saw this image as the profile picture for Channel Huntsville on Twitter. Their own bio says:
Huntsville’s Premiere Social Media Channel in Huntsville ~ Part of the Huntsville Ad Network
How does that profile picture help Huntsville’s image? How does it help do anything but keep us tied to our bigoted past? How does it encourage growth and tell outsiders that we’re an accepting part of the world? Admittedly, we’re not really that accepting and we are stuck in our bigoted ways, but why should Channel Huntsville make it that evident via their Twitter account?
If the people who run Channel Huntsville are opposed to gay marriage, then that’s their bent. If they want to tell people that they’re bigots on their personal accounts, then have at it. When they start advertising for the city itself and the businesses within the city, they need to stop getting political.
I don’t know much about advertising or business, but I can’t imagine that advertising that symbol would be good for anyone or anything–other than hate.