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Count Beyonce among those standing behind the red equal sign.

With the issue of marriage equality prominently in the news - due to California's Supreme Court now considering the legality of Prop 8 - this superstar has posted a handwritten note on her Facebook account that reads:

"If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it."

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And in case there was any doubt over the cause to which she's referring, Beyonce included as a caption: #WeWillUniteForMarriageEquality."

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People on Facebook and Twitter have been changing pictures and avatars en masse to an image of a red equal sign. You've probably noticed. But why?

The Human Rights Campaign, which advocates for equal rights on behalf of LGBT Americans, has been promoting the image in lieu of its usual blue-and-yellow logo.

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A symbol of "equality, it's part of an effort to mobilize supporters online with Supreme Court hearings on gay marriage underway in Washington, D.C.

The simple photo of the equal sign has racked up more than 25,000 “likes” and 78,000 “shares” on the group’s Facebook page in the last 24 hours alone.

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Hearing challenges to state laws that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, the Supreme Court indicated that it may be hesitant to strike down such laws.

NBC News reports that it is “obvious that the U.S. Supreme Court is not prepared to issue any sweeping ruling” declaring a constitutional right to gay marriage.

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Pete Williams, reporting for the network, said there seemed to be “very little eagerness” on behalf of any of the justices to “embrace that broad a ruling.”

At issue in Tuesday’s argument was California’s Proposition 8, the state amendment enacted by voters in 2008 that limits marriage to heterosexuals.

Williams said that both the liberal and the conservative justices seemed wary of issuing a decision that would apply to any state outside of California.

Even if that's the case, how will they rule on Prop 8?

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Former Secretary of State and FLOTUS Hillary Clinton has announced her support for gay marriage in a new video for the Human Rights Campaign.

Says the 65-year-old wife of Bill Clinton:

“LGBT Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."

"That includes marriage. That’s why I support marriage for lesbian and gay couples. I support it personally and as a matter of policy and law.”

After eight years as First Lady, followed by eight more in the U.S. Senate and four as the nation's top diplomat, Hillary stepped down this winter.

Many consider her the odds-on favorite to seek the Democratic nomination for president a second time in 2016, should she desire to do so.

What do you think: Hillary in 2016?

 

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman made a stunning announcement yesterday, telling CNN in no uncertain terms that he has changed his mind on a major political issue.

"I'm announcing today a change of heart on an issue that a lot of people feel strongly about that has to do with gay couples' opportunity to marry," Portman said.

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What caused the change of heart for Portman, who was on Mitt Romney's short list of Vice Presidential candidates?

His 21-year old son is gay.

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He's one of the few big-time celebrities who is also a big-time Republican.

But Clint Eastwood has veered from the viewpoint of many Conservatives in one regard: the actor signed the American Foundation for Equal Rights’s “Friend of the Court” brief this week.

In doing so, the actor became one of over 100 prominent Republicans to support this gay rights organization's document, which it has filed with the Supreme Court.

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Former Utah Governor and 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman is speaking out in favor of same-sex marriage, saying it's actually a very conservative idea.

In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Huntsman writes about pushing for civil unions and equality for the LGBTQ community as Governor of Utah.

Now, the Republican adds, it's time for his party to step up.

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“Conservatives should start to lead again on this issue and push their states to join the nine others that allow all their citizens to marry,” he writes.

“There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love."

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Laura Bush has asked The Respect for Marriage Coalition, which kicked off a $1 million media campaign yesterday, to remove her from an ad that features her support of gay marriage.

The spot quotes a number of famous individuals who are behind its cause, including a clip of Bush speaking with Larry King in 2010 and telling the host:

"When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

In response, spokeswoman Anne MacDonald says the former First Lady “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.”

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Jim Nabors has come out of the closet, in the most celebratory way possible: he just got married!

The veteran actor - best known for portraying Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show - tied the knot with his partner of 38 years on January 15, according to Hawaii News Now.

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"I'm 82 and he's in his 60s and so we've been together for 38 years, and I'm not ashamed of people knowing, it's just that it was such a personal thing I didn't tell anybody," Nabors said. "I feel very blessed. And what can I tell you, I'm just very happy."

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From the TV show Nashville to how she avoids revealing up-skirt photos to her support for gay marriage, Carrie Underwood touches on a number of issues in the latest Allure.

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Let's start with what may be the most controversial aspect of the interview.

"I'm in favor of acceptance," the former American Idol winner says of gay marriage. "And I am a Christian person, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it's not my place to judge.

"I don't have that power. I don't want that power. It's my place to love and to show God's love to other people, even if they don't live a life like I live. So that's where I'm coming from."

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