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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - A picture of a large red equal sign has taken over the Facebook world. It's a symbol for marriage equality, a debate for those in Washington and a struggle for some right here in the ArkLaMiss.

Blane Stroud is a Senior at ULM, a math tutor, a fan of video games and a loving boyfriend, but it's that last thing, that some people have a problem with.

"It's a life goal to be married, eventually," says Stroud, "I would like it to not be a hassle. I would like to not have to pick a state that allows it and go there."

This week's meeting of ULM's Gay-Straight Alliance focused on the Supreme Court and the upcoming decision on same-sex marriage.

He and thousands of people have painted Facebook red, by sharing a symbol of equality while court is in session.

Many in opposition refer to the Bible, saying marriage should be between a man and a woman.

"I still believe in traditional marriage between one man and one woman," says U.S. Representative Rodney Alexander, "but when the court injects it's thinking into, things are not always a black and white issue."

Stroud says marriage is something different.

"It's not a church term. There are religious people who forego a marriage ceremony. They just sign the marriage certificate and move on with their lives," says Stroud.

Like others in the group, Stroud says marriage is simply a government status and one that everyone should be able to have.

"Hopefully, the decision will come back and surprise a lot of people, and they'll come back and say it is a government issue, and not just a state by state basis, and it will be legal."

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