“You should all be very proud to be taking part in this monumental event, the world’s first presidential campaign hackathon,” said Ron Schnell, CTO of the Rand Paul for President Campaign, starting things off on Saturday. It would be one of very few allusions to the concept of pride over the subsequent 24 hours.
The concept of the right to marry for same-sex couples was entirely absent from the proceedings, as far as I could tell. By the time the event ended, Senator Paul was the last presidential candidate not to have commented on the the legalisation of gay marriage. Only later would he issue a rambling statement opposing the Supreme Court ruling.
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision Friday to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
In his official address after the ruling, President Barack Obama also said that “America should be proud” of the ruling that would “strengthen all of our communities.” He also said, in part:
We are people who believe every child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.
According to social data intelligence company Talkwalker, there were more than 191,100 mentions of “gay marriage” and “gaymarriage” across social media in the first hour after the Supreme Court’s decision.
Several hashtags on Twitter trended as well. According to Talkwalker, the following numbers accumulated within an hour of Friday’s ruling:
#LoveWins received 284,730 mentions and 60,727 unique tweets
#SCOTUSMarriage received 88,872 mentions and 20,375 unique tweets
#MarriageEquality received 63,968 mentions and 12,053 unique tweets
Politicians on both sides of the debate also reacted through Twitter and other social media platforms. Obama’s remarks were tweeted under his own account, and immediately after the ruling, White House brand managers changed its Twitter avatar to a rainbow version, tweeting the following GIF: