In a landmark ruling, the US Supreme Court has announced that under the 14th Amendment, states must issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and recognize same-sex unions that have been legally performed in other states. The ruling is a major victory for gay rights activists and is being praised by many around the world. Here are some of the responses to this historic decision from across the social media landscape.
A host of brands have taken to social media to show their support, with a wide range of rainbow coloured tributes flowing through people's News Feeds.
Kellogg's congratulates LGBT Americans on Marriage Equality! pic.twitter.com/k36u8HgywI- Kellogg's (@KelloggsUS) June 26, 2015
Industry leaders, too, used their social media accounts to voice their support:
Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.- Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2015
- The White House changed it's Facebook profile photo to a rainbow colored depiction of the the building:
- Facebook is offering users a rainbow filter for their profile photos to help them show their support for the decision:
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also shared a graphic which highlights the massive rise in LGBT groups on the platform over the past seven years:
- On Google, type in terms like 'gay marriage', 'same sex marriage' and 'supreme court gay marriage' into the search bar and a banner will appear with different coloured people holding hands across the top of the screen. The feature was enabled minutes after the Supreme Court decision.
- In Seattle, workers are closing off streets to paint the crosswalks:
- So far, there's been 6.2 million tweets using the hashtag #LoveWins according to Twitter Data:
Overall, an amazing array of responses, which will only grow as the news spreads across the world. It's great to see social media used to support causes and give voice to everyone seeking the join the global conversation.