On Friday, a divided Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage in America. The news, delivered at 10 a.m. ET, sparked the kind of hysteria on the Internet that only truly monumental events have the power to do. Twitter reactions to the Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage were ecstatic and emotional, showing just how much weight this decision held.
Because the nation's highest court ruled that state prohibitions on same-sex marriage violate the Constitution, gay couples now have the same rights as opposite-sex couples. Delivering the opinion of the Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy, a conservative judge who was the swing vote, wrote in his closing:
No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice,and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization's oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in theeyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.