How Twitter Feels About Marriage Equality

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marriage equality word cloud based on twitter responseWhat Happened

June 26 heard the triumphant peel of wedding bells across the country in the wake of the Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. For those completely outside the scope of American politics, the right to marry has now been extended to people of all sexualities in every one of these fifty nifty United States. And, before we take our tuxes and coral Bellini bridesmaid dresses (which really could have been more versatile) to the cleaners, we decided to run some Twitter analyses! I won’t hold you in suspense: It was overwhelmingly positive. Now, it should be noted that an estimated 88% of Twitter’s population is made up by Millennials (those born from 1981 to 1997). This is important because Millenials are the most liberal of the past four generations, and the topic of marriage equality has been a key topic of advocacy among left leaning Americans.marriage equality pie chart showing ~40% positive, ~43% neutral, and ~17% negative twitter sentiment

The Data

We narrowed it down to 778,000 relevant tweets from the 26th, with 39.72% of those being positive and 43.14% being neutral. It was clear that Twitter was in a celebratory mood, with themes like “finally legal,” “great day,” and “big step” topping the charts. I was surprised by one theme in particular, though: “Beautiful closing paragraph.” It’s referencing Justice Anthony Kennedy’s profound closing statements on the ruling, where he doubled down on his conviction that barring a couple from marrying flies in the face of the Fourteenth Amendment. Something about a Supreme Court Justice’s ruling trending on Twitter feels pleasing post-modern.

 

 

Categories: Analysis, Lexalytics, Social Media, Twitter