Social Media have been abuzz with vibrant rainbow colours and the #tag - "#Lovewins" the past two weeks as Digital Citizens all over the world celebrate the US Supreme Court's decision to legalize gay marriage.
You might have noticed that many of your Facebook friends, or celebrities and brands that you follow on Twitter or Instragram have changed their profile pictures to a new one with a rainbow background. This is to show their support and joy over the ground-breaking decision.
Social media has played a vital part to give people and brands a platform to immediately express their emotions regarding this monumental moment in history. We have come a long way from the days when Harvey Milk had to use word of mouth to talk about gay rights in San Francisco. Harvey had to make due with an impromptu platform constructed out of boxes to get people to notice him and hear what he had to say. Just imagine what Harvey would have done if he had today's social media platforms.
Companies like Uber, YouTube, and Buzzfeed joined in the celebratory mood on the Internet and changed their logos soon after the decision was handed down ruling 5 to 4 that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry no matter where they live in the United States.
Even United States President Barack Obama demonstrated his support by tweeting: "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #Love Wins."
Social Media Platforms like Facebook has made it very easy for its users to take part in this movement and change their profile picture in seconds. On the link - facebook.com/celebratepride
any user can change their picture.
In South Africa same-sex marriage has been legal since 30 November 2006 and no other country in Africa has followed suit (as of January 2015). South Africa was the fifth country to legalize same-sex marriage, the first republic to do so and also the first in the Southern Hemisphere.