The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ordered in a 5-4 majority ruling that marriage is a fundamental right that cannot be withheld from same-sex couples, thus legalising same-sex marriage across the United States.
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 the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
– Page 33 of SCOTUS’ judgement
While gay rights advocates and supporters celebrated in the US Singaporeans too reacted to the news, many sending well wishes and congratulations to friends in the States who will now be able to marry.
Some changed their Facebook profile photos to include the rainbow flag that is a symbol of LGBT rights, including:
Alvin Tan, theatre practitioner with The Necessary Stage
Reverend Yap Kim Hao, the first Asian bishop of the Methodist Church in Singapore and Malaysia, and long-time LGBT rights advocate
Ivan Heng, theatre practitioner with W!LD RICE, who married his long-time partner Tony Trickett in London last year
Pink Dot Singapore’s Twitter account went into overdrive tweeting well-wishes and rainbow lights on the White House, Empire State Building and Niagara Falls, a reflection of their joy for fellow LGBT advocates in the US.
— PinkDotSG (@PinkDotSG) June 26, 2015
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Last night my younger brother excitedly said "Jie they approved gay marriage in the US!" I asked him, but it has nothing to do with you, why are you so happy? His reply was simple but so true – "Because everyone should be free to love who they want to." I am happy to see that millions of gay Americans will be able to fulfill their hopes and dreams of falling in love, getting married, building a life together, and staying together to help each other through sickness and health as recognized by the state. Thank you for setting a positive example for the rest of the world, and my country, to follow. #celebratepride #lovewins #spreadlovenothate
— Hossan Leong (@HossanLeong) June 27, 2015
Equality for all! Well done America, this is a big step in human history. Everyone deserves love. Love is love. #LoveWins
— Shane Pow Xunping (@shanepowxp) June 27, 2015
— Kyle Malinda-White (@kylemalinda) June 26, 2015
AMERICA. It's about time the rest of the world catches up too. #LoveWins
— mel. (@melissatan_) June 26, 2015
One day same-sex marriage will cease to exist, will simply be known as “marriage”, end of, and I can't wait for that. #lovewins 👭👫👬
— Clare (@c14rec) June 26, 2015
Some tweeted reminders that despite SCOTUS’ momentous decision, the struggle for LGBT equality and acceptance is not over around the world:
Singapore should learn a little something about this thing called 'Equality'… #LoveWins
— Pei Gee (@peigee22) June 27, 2015
However, some Singaporeans expressed anger and dismay at the ruling:
#LoveWins is trending. Why? Destroying the institution of a family. That's what it does.
Signs of the last day. When will we wake up?
— KNR (@khyrulnooredhza) June 27, 2015
Sorry but I'm against this #LoveWins hashtag/movement thing. My fear of Allah is greater than my nafs to feel accepted by people
— aqlif (@Aqlif) June 26, 2015