The ruling by the US Supreme Court is indeed a historic triumph for the LGBT movement. Now, the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry anywhere in the state.
Gay rights activists were thoroughly overjoyed and the excitement was quiet evident in the crowds that thronged the Supreme Court waiting for the court's decision.
Over the last decade, this issue had divided the United States as Same-sex marriage was legal in only 36 states. Now the remaining 14 will have to abide by the constitutional amendment.
US President Barack Obama expressed his delight at this historic ruling and promoted the hashtag #LoveWins, created in celebration of this momentus judgment.
"When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free." —President Obama #LoveWins— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 26, 2015
Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state who is the Democratic Party's presidential standard-bearer, said minutes later that 'the struggle for LGBT rights doesn’t end with today’s triumph.'
Our new favorite map. RT if you live in a state where marriage equality is law. pic.twitter.com/7GlCwCJHyg— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 26, 2015
Minutes after the ruling was made public, Twitterati went all out and expressed their happiness. An emoticon of a multi-coloured heart is automatically added to the tweet next to the hashtag #LoveWins.
Guy next to me in airport was PSYCHED about ruling on gay marriage. Asked him why- He's a divorce lawyer.— hari sreenivasan (@hari) June 26, 2015
IRONY ALERT: Same day of #LoveWins LGBT decision, over 40ppl killed globally in name of Islam. The religion that still kills gays.— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) June 26, 2015
imagine everyone back in the day that never thought this day would come #LoveWins— im a gypsy (@holyfxcknouis) June 26, 2015
i thought i was special for going to a gay wedding this weekend but thankfully, i'm not special at all. congratulations everyone. #lovewins— Zoë Klar (@zoeklar) June 26, 2015
To anyone who ever felt like your love didn't matter...it always has, and today it's official!!!! ALL LOVE IS LOVE. #LoveWins— Laura Baron (@asklaurabaron) June 26, 2015
India has a long way to go on this issue. Homosexuality is still again a crime, after the Supreme Court in 2013 overturned a high court order decriminalizing it. Marriage is quite another matter.
In Britain, whose colonial dispensation left India with the law criminalizing homosexuality; same-sex marriage, for unions outside the Church of England, became legal in 2013.
The White House, Huffington Post and Mashable changed their twitter profile icons to a VIBGYOR version to celebrate the court ruling.
Celebrities came out to support this cause in full strength. However some like Bobby Jindal expressed their dissatisfaction in this case.
It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015
Wow. So moved to hear such amazing news. What a beautiful day. Grateful to those who have worked so tirelessly for equality. #lovewins ????— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) June 26, 2015
Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that. http://t.co/1Kfw9l0KMG— Gov. Bobby Jindal (@BobbyJindal) June 26, 2015
People Bobby Jindal doesn't like: - Gays. - Indians. - Liberals. - More Indians. - Immigrants (Also, Indians). Could he BE more Republican?— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) June 26, 2015