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The Best Responses to Today’s Gay Marriage Victory in the Supreme Court

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:

And the reaction outside the Supreme Court itself:

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:

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:

https://twitter.com/alexisgoldstein/status/614437366305062913

Others trolled Bryan Fischer, a conservative on America Family Radio who’s notorious for his homophobia:

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!

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!

Congratulations, America!

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