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Supreme Court’s “thunderbolt” of justice on gay marriage sparks jubilation on social media

Some of the best social posts about the historic gay marriage ruling

The ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide triggered an outpouring of celebration outside of the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, around the nation and online. President Obama hailed the decision as “a victory for America” and described the pivotal moment as “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt.”

Though there was predictable dissent, particularly from the four Supreme Court justices who oppose gay marriage, the GOP candidates running for president (save for one accepting candidate) and some U.S. bishops from the Catholic Church.

The #LoveWins hashtag exploded on Twitter. According to Micah Grimes, ABC News’ editorial manager of social media, within two hours of the decision, the hashtag was the “#1 trend in the world on Twitter with 1,152,905 tweets.” By mid-afternoon, the hashtag had racked up 6.2 million tweets and counting, Twitter said. The social media platform released a graphic showing that at 11:56 a.m. EDT, the height of Twitter activity, the hashtag was being tweeted 35,000 times a minute:

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Here’s a look at how some notable people and brands reacted to the historic news.

Political leaders, like President Obama weighed in on the ruling:

So did some outspoken business leaders and entertainers:

A few big-name brands got in on the the celebration:

And Betsey Stevenson, a member of President Obama’s council of economic advisers, captured a potentially supernatural clue about the SCOTUS outcome late last week that she posted on Twitter today:

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