"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments," William Shakespeare famously wrote. We were reminded of the wonderfully relevant words Friday morning, when a playful Twitter account dedicated to the Bard quoted "Sonnet 116" shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that it is legal for all Americans, no matter their gender or sexual orientation, to marry the people they love.
The historic decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide came down to a 5-4 vote, in which Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered the majority opinion, joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor. When the news broke, more than a few artists, writers and museums took to social media to declare their support for the ruling, posting rainbow-hued declarations of excitement across Twitter and Instagram.
Echoing the sentiment of President Obama, who tweeted out the hashtag #LoveWins, here is what love looks in the art and book worlds today:
— Yoko Ono (@yokoono) June 26, 2015
Omg. Marriage equality. In my lifetime. Tears. Jewelry.
— roxane gay (@rgay) June 26, 2015
And so the long arc of history bends toward justice once more.
— John Green (@johngreen) June 26, 2015
Reality has a liberal bias. pic.twitter.com/Vhm6uVQszC
— Jerry Saltz (@jerrysaltz) June 26, 2015
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2015
Wow, happy day indeed! #SCOTUSMarriage
— Susan Orlean (@susanorlean) June 26, 2015
So far this morning I wrote a song in a cemetery, watched my wife's prenatal exam, and quietly celebrated the SCOTUS decision by retweeting.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 26, 2015
— Keith Haring Fdn (@KeithHaringFdn) June 26, 2015
I KNOW ! high fives all around RT @missfaithgalvan SCOTUS JUST RULED IN FAVOR OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) June 26, 2015
It has often been said of Scalia that he is mean but very smart, witty & articulate. His dissent, however, is mean & barely coherent.
— Joyce Carol Oates (@JoyceCarolOates) June 26, 2015
Fave button is going to melt.
— Alexander Chee (@alexanderchee) June 26, 2015
crying tears of celebration! https://t.co/iFoi9vKPfD
— Rebecca Dinerstein (@beckydinerstein) June 26, 2015
YAY SAME SEX MARRIAGE
— jami attenberg (@jamiattenberg) June 26, 2015
shackles for all! https://t.co/0uWn9NOFiO
— k8 hardy (@k8hardy) June 26, 2015
— Nicola Griffith (@nicolaz) June 26, 2015
#LoveWins Celebrate love and the road ahead.
Warhol, "Landscape with Heart," ca. 1956, ©AWF pic.twitter.com/Wqo01cnhWD
— Andy Warhol Museum (@TheWarholMuseum) June 26, 2015
— Carolina A. Miranda (@cmonstah) June 26, 2015
So happy for our kids.They'll barely remember a day when falling in love with whoever u wanted wasn't a basic right. pic.twitter.com/OFJND3qGyL
— Jemima Kirke (@jemimakirke) June 26, 2015
— Phila Museum of Art (@philamuseum) June 26, 2015
Congratulations to all the American couples (in EVERY state) who can finally get married! Thank you Justice Kennedy. pic.twitter.com/xqa8xqJw8H
— Elizabeth Gilbert (@GilbertLiz) June 26, 2015
Gay marriage is legal in all 50 states and somewhere in heaven, Oscar Wilde is toasting Gertrude Stein with absinthe: http://t.co/qgQ6csArAt
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) June 26, 2015
The first pride flags were hand dyed and sewn by artist Gilbert Baker & 30 volunteers in '78 with 8 colours including custom mixed hot pink
— Ysolda Teague (@ysolda) June 26, 2015
— LACMA (@LACMA) June 26, 2015
— V&A (@V_and_A) June 26, 2015
BREAKING: Scalia leaving Supreme Court to become Judgey, the angry, sarcastic Keebler Elf.
— Gary Shteyngart (@Shteyngart) June 26, 2015