It's been awhile, but it's time for another moment of geek.
But first, confession: most of you probably know by now that I'm pretty passionate about marriage equality, but I'm willing to bet that you don't know about the smorgasbord of other random, unrelated interests that I've had since childhood. These include sharks (great whites in particular), tornadoes, ancient Egypt (which is why I have lapis lazuli in my wedding ring), geography (I competed in state-level geography bees in middle school), world coins and currency, and flags. Combining two or more of those interests -- as happened in the widely panned but instant cult-classic TV movie Sharknado, for instance -- results in a genuine nerdgasm from geeky ol' me.
Today I'm geeking out about the Flag of Equal Marriage, which combines my love of flags and my passion for marriage equality. Created by Carl Tashian, it's a protest version of the American flag that contains all the familiar stripes, but only the stars that represent states where the freedom to marry exists for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation.
Stars are added whenever same-sex marriage becomes available in a U.S. state, meaning that the current Flag of Equal Marriage has fifteen stars. (Washington, D.C. has marriage equality but is not a U.S. state, and while Illinois has approved marriage equality, marriages don't start there until next June.) What's additionally cool, for geeks like me anyway, is that each state's star on the Flag of Equal Marriage is positioned according to the date that state entered the Union. The star on the bottom right, for example, belongs to Hawaii -- the 50th state.
The goal, of course, is for the Flag of Equal Marriage to match the American flag, which will happen when all loving and committed couples in the United States enjoy the freedom to marry.
Below is the Flag of Equal Marriage. Click here for more information about the project. And just in case any of you are flag geeks like me, after the jump is an awesome segment from the television show Big Bang Theory called "Fun With Flags." Enjoy!