#LoveWins trends on Twitter as US legalises same-sex marriage

  • Smitha T K, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 26, 2015 23:01 IST

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.

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.'

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.

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.


US legalizes same-sex marriage, India has a long way to go

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