How the Tech World is Celebrating the Same-Sex Marriage Decision
After a long and tiring struggle, US Supreme Court has finally ruled that same-sex couples can marry nationwide, marking the significant event in the history books. This event took place a little over a decade after Massachusetts became the first state in the US to legalize gay marriage.
The Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote on Friday that the American Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage. Along with the rest of the world, tech houses were ecstatic and quickly celebrated the decision by the use of social media. Take a look:
The White House’s Facebook account now has a profile picture in which the building itself is all the colors of the spectrum.
Let’s start with the leader of the free world, President Barack Obama:
Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins
— President Obama (@POTUS) June 26, 2015
Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, who came out to the world recently, tweeted:
Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love. — Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2015
Twitter itself called Friday a “monumental day for equal rights” and encouraged people to use a pair of Twitter emojis that included the rainbow flag, a symbol of the gay community.
Microsoft chief executive Satya Nadella said the decision marked “a historic moment.”
Google and YouTube played their part as well in celebrating this historic event. Google included a subdued note reading, “YouTube and Google are proud to celebrate marriage equality. #ProudtoLove.”
Facebook quickly added a feature super easy way to help its users celebrate gay marriage rights. With this, Facebook-ers can add a gay pride flag filter to their profile picture. Click here to convert yours.
While this ruling affects a country half way around the global, we’re happy to join in the celebration of the world taking steps in the right direction.
India, it’s now your turn.