A Facebook posting in support of same-sex marriage has garnered a Centerville, Mass., man some Internet celebrity.
Jim Hill, principal at Digital Quill Design, a Cape-based graphic design company, was perusing the social media site early this week, looking at the various postings in support of marriage equality, when he was struck with an idea.
He worked up a design Tuesday morning using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator and posted it on his Facebook page. Since then, the image has been shared more than 640 times and has been featured by national outlets.
"I have a large number of Facebook friends, and I usually get a decent amount of likes on stuff I put up, but nothing like this," he said.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on two cases related to same-sex marriage. The cases have brought thousands of protesters and advocates to Washington, D.C., and has spurred messages of support across social media platforms. The most prominent of these has been a derivative of the Human Rights Campaign's "equals sign" logo. The image features a red square with a bold, pink equals sign in the middle. Since being posted on the group's Facebook page this week, the original logo has been shared more than 70,000 times.
The design has spurred several spin-offs that feature everything from "Star Wars" characters to Peanuts cartoons, and it also inspired Hill to craft his own version.
"I started to see other people doing other modifications and thought, 'Why hasn't anyone done anything with the Constitution?' This is, after all, a constitutional issue," he said.
Hill then went to the Internet, where he found a picture of the Constitution using Google. He then used the Adobe programs to superimpose the pink equals sign from the Human Rights Campaign's design over the photo.
He posted the resulting logo to Facebook where it received a warm response from his network of digital friends.
"Fan-freakin-tastic Jim!" wrote one friend. "Awesome version of this!" wrote another.
The logo has also been featured by the Human Rights Campaign in a photo gallery of its favorite spinoff designs.
Hill said his belief in marriage equality and through his experiences with friends who are in same-sex relationships prompted him to produce the design.
"I absolutely feel very strongly for marriage equality," he said. "I don't see why anyone who wants to get married, can't."
Information from McClatchy Newspapers was used in this report.
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