The U.S. Supreme Court’s final legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide was a great day for America, and also for the Internet. For one thing, it occasioned the return from retirement, if only for one day, of Andrew Sullivan, who was calling for gay marriage as far back as 1989:
But some things you know deep in your heart: that all human beings are made in the image of God; that their loves and lives are equally precious; that the pursuit of happiness promised in the Declaration of Independence has no meaning if it does not include the right to marry the person you love; and has no force if it denies that fundamental human freedom to a portion of its citizens… We are not disordered or sick or defective or evil – at least no more than our fellow humans in this vale of tears. We are born into family; we love; we marry; we take care of our children; we die. No civil institution is related to these deep human experiences more than civil marriage and the exclusion of gay people from this institution was a statement of our core inferiority not just as citizens but as human beings. It took courage to embrace this fact the way the Supreme Court did today…
I never believed this would happen in my lifetime when I wrote my first several TNR essays and then my book, Virtually Normal, and then the anthology and the hundreds and hundreds of talks and lectures and talk-shows and call-ins and blog-posts and articles in the 1990s and 2000s. I thought the book, at least, would be something I would have to leave behind me – secure in the knowledge that its arguments were, in fact, logically irrefutable, and would endure past my own death, at least somewhere. I never for a millisecond thought I would live to be married myself. Or that it would be possible for everyone, everyone in America.
But it has come to pass. All of it. In one fell, final swoop.
Then there was Twitter:
Justice Kennedy's closing paragraph. pic.twitter.com/V3jZbFPAUg
— Matt Ford (@fordm) June 26, 2015
Here's a gif for you, America. You fucking earned it this week: pic.twitter.com/OrfVsJauxe
— Ben Rosen (@Rosen) June 26, 2015
BREAKING: The Supreme Court ends same sex marriage bans nationwide! Join us in saying Mazel Tov! #SCOTUSMarriage pic.twitter.com/jh42G08q7O
— Bend the Arc (@bend_thearc) June 26, 2015
Imagine telling someone in October 2001 that in a decade or so, gay marriage will be legal under black president Barack Hussein Obama.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) June 26, 2015
"I know. Gays getting married, it's awful. What's that? No, Josh. That's still illegal." – Jim Bob Duggar talking to his son on the phone
— Jenny Johnson (@JennyJohnsonHi5) June 26, 2015
haha check it out it's like they're literally fading into the past like the shitty old ghosts they are pic.twitter.com/qlJPKzJmVU
— Cohen is a ghost (@skullmandible) June 26, 2015
I mean, if I'm Megan Rapinoe and this decision comes down on a day when I have two yellows anyway, I am getting DRUNK at that game.
— sara (@sarrible) June 26, 2015
I mean, why not say that about anything: "3 unelected zoning board of appeals members…" "an unelected Stop & Shop assistant manager…"
— David S. Bernstein (@dbernstein) June 26, 2015
Today marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) June 26, 2015
NYT nicely illustrates the speed of the turnaround on marriage. http://t.co/Yig4Sz06n5 pic.twitter.com/ySPHTzDEqm
— Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) June 26, 2015
My grandpa never thought he'd see a black president, gay marriage or a pizza w/ hotdogs in the crust in his lifetime. 2015 crazy
— Ol' QWERTY Bastard (@TheDiLLon1) June 26, 2015
@scottrenshaw @TomiLaffly @BilgeEbiri "Our Constitution defines marriage as an institution for 2 people who feel the same re 'Interstellar.'
— James Rocchi (@jamesrocchi) June 26, 2015
Gay marriage is legal everywhere. Thank you, Ronald Reagan. pic.twitter.com/7aYrHycOvi
— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) June 26, 2015
— Kim Bhasin (@KimBhasin) June 26, 2015
Not that my moms needed nine people who wear robes to work to tell them their love is valid. But it sure is nice. pic.twitter.com/9NEZf7aV3S
— Eireann Dolan (@EireannDolan) June 26, 2015
Supporters of marriage equality celebrate by singing national anthem on steps of the Supreme Court. America at its best. #lovewins
— Paul Begala (@PaulBegala) June 26, 2015
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
I include our first truly pro-LGBT President on my list of marriage equality heroes. Obama wasn't forced. He played a long game very well.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) June 26, 2015
I just feel bad for the dudes out there who used the "not until everyone can get married" excuse to get out of scheduling a wedding
— Bobby Big Wheel (@BobbyBigWheel) June 26, 2015
Anyway, Alito is absolutely correct that opposition to gay marriage will, increasingly, not be received politely.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 26, 2015
But, you know, boo hoo hoo.
— Josh Barro (@jbarro) June 26, 2015