Equality Sans: A Typeface for Marriage Equality

Two designers have incorporated the pink-and-red equals sign into a new font

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Remember when that pink-and-red equal sign popped up all over your Facebook NewsFeed and Twitter stream? Friends were changing their profile pictures to the little icon and tweeting it during recent legislative procedures around the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), making it a rally of support for civil rights, while becoming a social phenomenon for the Human Rights Campaign. Now, two designers have incorporated the logo into a new typeface: Equality Sans.

Users can download the free-to-use typeface, so that with every stroke of a key, they can show their support for marriage equality.  The designers, Caprice Yu and Steve Peck, set out to expand the message of marriage equality with the new typeface, saying the “message is in the medium.”

(MORE: What Is the Red Equal Sign All Over Facebook and Twitter?)

But would reading an email or seeing a status update with the pink-and-red equal sign be too much for one’s eyes?

The team said that the equal signs were overt, but carried a lot weight, Co.Design reported. “The thinking was that the idea of equality supersedes the message, no matter what the literal message is,” the designers explained.

So, although a reader may not be able to read the literal message from someone using the Equality Sans typeface, Co.Design noted that they should be struck over and over again by the equals sign – the iconic symbol of the movement, originally developed by Stone Yamashita.

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15 comments
MattGlassDarkly
MattGlassDarkly

@HelenRazer But of course we can! I suggest 'marriage hour' along the lines of earth hour. You could even have marriage hour parties.

rabsr1
rabsr1

@HelenRazer Ooohhh I thought the horizontal hold had gone on some avatars

Little_steps00
Little_steps00

@HelenRazer A text to make Barthes dive in front of a laundry truck but not enough to make Foucault interrupt his Tuesday night fisting.

AustinReisGreen
AustinReisGreen

@TIME @TIMEStyle Nope- still not gay and still don't have any reason to care about family tax benefits for two men pretending to be a family

Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui
Jean-JacquesBurlamaqui

Same-sex marriage is an injustice, a tyrannical ploy being perpetrated upon our society, the pernicious consequences of which are simply mocked and laughed at by its supporters. Ignorance and prejudice have taken the place of knowledge and reason. Caprice and passion substituted for prudence and virtue. The happiness of society, the good of all families, and the welfare of mankind fall victim to the injustice of selfish love, which calculates every thing for itself while taking no notice of a child's best interest or the public advantage of a government promoting ONLY the traditional family unit. 


Same-sex marriage is antithetical to the Rule of Law, for the principle object of laws in general is to correct bad inclinations, to prevent vicious habits, to hinder their effects, and to eradicate the passions; or at least to contain them within proper limits. Same-sex marriage makes an implicit statement that mothers and fathers are interchangeable, and that sex is irrelevant to parenting. Once same-sex marriage becomes legally and socially acceptable, more women will decide to raise children together. Teen aged boys without fathers are at risk for juvenile delinquency, violence, criminal activity, gang membership, and incarceration. Teen aged girls without fathers are at risk for early sexual activity, multiple sex partners, out of wedlock pregnancies, and sexually transmitted disease.


Same-sex marriage is perfectly contrary to the principle of marriage, having more resemblance to divorce and adultery, same-sex marriage purposely separates a child from at least one biological parent, thereby creating broken homes, not as a matter of extraordinary circumstances, but as routine. Same-sex marriage proponents callously ignore a child's Natural Right to know, and be raised by, both biological parents, and make the most preposterous and pretentious claim that marriage was instituted by civil society primarily for the benefit of any two loving adults. Take away Natural Laws, and that moral tie which supports justice and honesty in a whole nation and establishes also particular duties in families, or in other relations of life; and man becomes the most savage and ferocious of all animals,licentiousness becomes the consequence of independence. 


After what has been said, let us be satisfied with observing, that the fitness in favor of the sanction of traditional marriage, is so much stronger and more pressing, as same-sex marriage throws into the system of humanity an obscurity and confusion, which borders on very much upon the absurd, if it does not come quite close up to it. There is, certainly, no comparison between traditional marriage and same-sex marriage, in respect to beauty and fitness; the first is a work of the most perfect reason; the second is defective, and provides no manner of remedy against a great many disorders. Now even this alone points out sufficiently on which side the truth lies and to reject this thought leads us insensibly to a kind of pyrrhonism, which would also be a subversion of the Rule of Law and social order.


Here are two truths regarding marriage: (1) A man creating a family with another man is not equal to creating a family with a woman, and (2) denying children parents of both genders at home is an objective evil. Kids need and yearn for both.


Children are not pets one purchases from rescue shelters(adoption clinics) and puppy mills(insemination and surrogacy). Children are human beings endowed with a natural desire to be procreated from an engendered act of love between a husband and a wife. Same-sex marriage is adulterous by nature and thereby destructive to not only children, but to our civilization. 


Same-sex marriage disregards the natural order of procreatory responsibility, not only confusing the natural disposition of parental authority; but undermining the legal principle that children have a right to a relationship with their biological parents, depriving a child access to their biological parent’s genetic, cultural and social heritage, not for extraordinary circumstances, but as a matter of routine. Same-sex marriage amounts to institutionalized adultery through a hostile takeover of civil society by the State. Children will no longer be entitled to their biological parents, as the transitory wants of same-sex adults will have taken precedence over a child’s best interest.


Same-sex marriage PURPOSELY separates a child from at least one biological parent. Non-biological parents lack the advantage of  consanguineous insight leaving them all too often ill-prepared to protect the child from unforeseen hazards. Left unrecognized and unattended, vicious habits, and irregular passions, obfuscate the mind; and neglect, levity, and prejudices of the ill-equipped non-biological parents precipitate a child into the grossest of errors, rendering the child's conduct a burden to the happiness of both society and the life of the child.


Same-sex marriage proponents demand “Marriage Equality”, yet, in return, they offer less-than-equal protection of the child’s happiness than can be afforded through the presence of both biological parents.


Same-sex marriage proponents profess that it is love which gives the right to join the institution of marriage, yet, in doing so, they selfishly violate the principle loving objective of this noble institution; to protect a child’s Natural Right to be raised by both biological parents.


In fine, same-sex marriage surmounts to nothing more than an unnatural extravagance which the supporters most ignorantly claim to be a “right”.


“No one has a right to do that which, if everybody did it, would destroy society.” ---Immanuel Kant 


straydog
straydog

Because annoying people (with illegible font) will definitely rally them behind your cause, right?

Jonathan Kellis
Jonathan Kellis

The most noticeable thing about it is how few people actually participated. What were the stats?

MichaelJPatterson
MichaelJPatterson

Did you get that out of your system, or do you have any more ignorant ranting left to do?

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