Today, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. The responses were swift and celebratory on social media. We wanted to highlight a few of our favorites.
Many celebrations took place across the country. Here’s the reaction of the ACLU in NYC:
— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 26, 2015
And the reaction outside the Supreme Court itself:
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) June 26, 2015
VOX created a great GIF to show how the legality of same sex marriage changed over the last few years — and changed very rapidly today:
— Vox (@voxdotcom) June 26, 2015
Not everyone was happy with the decision, though. Justice Antonin Scalia issued a snark-filled dissent that actually used the word “hippie.” Here’s a taste of Scalia trying to debunk the sound logic of a prior ruling on same-sex marriage–Scalia’s words are in the parenthesis:
“The nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality.” (Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage. Ask the nearest hippie.)
Justice Clarence Thomas also dissented, and made some incredibly problematic comparisons. So, of course, social media unleashed a wave of mockery onto the two justices:
— Bipartisan Report (@Bipartisanism) June 26, 2015
Oh no, Justice Scalia, it's started pic.twitter.com/gMVhrbjqdp
— CJ Werleman (@cjwerleman) June 26, 2015
Others trolled Bryan Fischer, a conservative on America Family Radio who’s notorious for his homophobia:
— Adam H. Johnson (@adamjohnsonNYC) June 26, 2015
But forget the trolls. Our favorite moments were the real changes that this decision enabled in many people’s lives across the country, as many couples who were previously barred from doing so were finally able to get married!
First same-sex marriage license just issued in Arkansas post the SCOTUS ruling. pic.twitter.com/dndR0ROy1u
— Elicia Dover (@EliciaDover) June 26, 2015
— Hidalgo County (@HidalgoCounty) June 26, 2015
Photo of the first same-sex marriage today in Dallas Texas, where I reside. This is a real thing happening. Amazing. pic.twitter.com/TogeDOzv6y
— Rob DenBleyker (@RobDenBleyker) June 26, 2015
And a special thank you to the plaintiffs who argued this case all the way to the high court, and to the ACLU, who were the lawyers who made it happen. Thank you, from all of us!
— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) June 26, 2015