On June 26, the Associated Press announced that the Supreme Court struck down the provision of DOMA that prevented same-sex couples from marrying as unconstitutional.
As celebrities, political figures and average Joes react to the news, social media feeds have lit up with reactions.
George Takei, who is openly gay and outspoken on the issue of gay rights has already posted several posts on his Facebook this morning. One of his posts, which at the time of writing has over 200K likes, reads:
“I have lived nearly four score years, and have borne witness to both the heartbreak and promise of true justice and equality in America. Today my heart soars, and my faith in the promise of our great nation is renewed.
Now, if there’s anything we gays know how to do well, it is to celebrate! Let the joy of this day ring out with PRIDE.”
Other celebrities such as Shannon Woodward, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, Ricky Martin and even President Obama have tweeted in excitement.
Instagram has also documented the occasion through beautiful images of those outside the Supreme Court who are tagging their posts with #DOMA and #Scotus. They are currently hosting a live feed of the photos here. Many photos are of people holding signs and rainbow flags. Others show reporters conducting interviews.
One of the posts from @ericweisbrod shows one person in attendance who is not celebrating. His caption says, “This is Ronald Brock, who appears to be the only person outside the Supreme Court in opposition of same-sex marriage.”
In the Instagram video, Brock says, “I’m a Christian. I’m here witnessing God’s moral truth and his judgment on a nation that has walked away from him and denying his moral principles, his judgement.”
For a different side of the debate, right now on Scotusblog.com, there has been an ongoing, civil discussion of the political ramifications and explanation for the court’s decision.
At present the tone of the conversation is of what this ruling will mean for indiviudal states. Tejinder stated:
“I think that a lot of the questions about how various situations will shake out will be decided in the near future–for example, I would expect that various federal agencies will issue guidance about how to apply their rules to same-sex couples, to same-sex couples that move across state lines to a state that doesn’t recognize their marriage, to same-sex couples that move abroad, etc. But anything we say about how those issues will be resolved is just speculation based on what we think the administration will do.”
In the early hours of the announcement, it appears as though any nay-sayers are keeping to themselves on social media, or at least the public figures are. In the days and months to come, states and skeptics will look to see how this ruling will affect them .