In a historic day for gay rights, the Supreme Court on Wednesday issued two landmark rulings that struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and reaffirmed Californians' right to have same-sex marriages.
In the wake of those rulings, the plaintiffs in each case, gay rights advocates, and socially liberal politicians reacted with joy.
1. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's personal and office Twitter accounts adopted new avatars featuring rainbows. The city filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in support of overturning DOMA.
The advance of equality can be slowed, but it cannot be stopped. Marriage equality is the civil rights issue of our time & today is historic
— NYC Mayor's Office (@NYCMayorsOffice) June 26, 2013
Today's decision brings us another step forward in the march of freedom, a journey we must never stop traveling: http://t.co/ISp1tO2Eqe
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) June 26, 2013
2. House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer also updated his Twitter avatar for the occasion.
— Steny Hoyer (@WhipHoyer) June 26, 2013
3. So, too, did the American Civil Liberties Union.
— ACLU National (@ACLU) June 26, 2013
4. Edith Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case, "exploded in screams and sobs" upon learning the Supreme Court had ruled in her favor, according to the New Yorker. "I wanna go to Stonewall right now!" she shouted.
Edie Windsor - "When I heard the decision I cried. I just cried." pic.twitter.com/gmJutibaek
— ACLU Live (@ACLULive) June 26, 2013
5. President Barack Obama, who earlier in the day tweeted his support for the DOMA ruling, called Windsor to congratulate her Wednesday afternoon.
Aboard AF1, Pres Obama talks on phone w Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the DOMA case pic.twitter.com/J4XUXga6H4
— petesouza (@petesouza) June 26, 2013
6. Obama also called the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case to congratulate them on their victory.
President Obama calls from AF1 to couple that brought Prop 8 pic.twitter.com/yaY3znHreZ
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) June 26, 2013
7. …and the whole exchange was captured on live TV:
8. Prior to that call, the victorious plaintiffs celebrated outside the Supreme Court:
— msnbc (@msnbc) June 26, 2013
9. Meanwhile, back in California:
— Mike Memoli (@mikememoli) June 26, 2013
10. And this:
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 26, 2013
11. Almost immediately after the rulings, Google launched an Easter egg that displayed a rainbow banner when users searched terms like "gay" and "homosexuality."
12. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) — the first openly gay senator in U.S. history — said in a statement that the court had "reaffirmed our founding belief that all Americans are created equal under the law."
The debate over marriage equality is about fairness – about whether gay and lesbian Americans deserve to be treated just like their family members, their friends, and their neighbors. It’s about opportunity – about whether every American gets to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. And it’s about freedom –the freedom to love, the freedom to commit, the freedom to build a family. Most of all, it’s about whether the progress our country has made will be reflected in our laws.
13-16. Many others expressed similar sentiments, in 140 characters or less, on Twitter:
My moms have been together for over three decades and were married in NYC last year. Today, my country decided to recognize my family.
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) June 26, 2013
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) June 26, 2013
Terry's still asleep. I'm going to go wake my husband & tell him we're married. Wish all same-sex couples in US could say the same. #37ToGo
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) June 26, 2013
This is progress in the truest sense of the word. A great, historic day for equality! pic.twitter.com/CCGuHowy4e
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 26, 2013