Gay marriage ruling: Google the word ‘gay’ and see a rainbow


Google is showing its stripes. Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage brought a surge of interest in the topic, and users were treated to a rainbow when they Googled the words “gay marriage.”

The search engine giant has been marking gay, lesbian, bisexual and LGBT pride in the month of June, turning the search bar into the rainbow symbol of the gay community.

As Global News reports, the rainbow pops up when searching “gay,” “lesbian,” “homosexuality,” “LGBT,” “marriage equality,” “bisexual” and “transgender,” as well as searches for gay pride celebrations.


The Supreme Court on Wednesday morning struck down key parts of the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional, sparking celebrations among foes of the law. As the Los Angeles Times’ David Savage reports, the court ruled that “same-sex couples who are legally married deserve equal rights to the benefits under federal law that go to all other married couples.”

The rainbow of colors became the standard symbol of the gay community in the 1970s. In 1978, San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker designed a flag with eight bright stripes.

Each color has its own symbolism, as Slate reports: “pink for sex, red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunlight, green for nature, blue for art, indigo for harmony, and violet for the human spirit.”


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