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On Facebook, White House dons rainbow hues to celebrate gay-marriage victory

Technically Incorrect: Both the White House Facebook account and President Obama's Twitter account immediately react to the Supreme Court decision on gay marriage.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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The White House celebrates by changing its colors. screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

It used to be that you had to prepare a response for the press when big news broke.

Now you have to prepare your social-media reaction too.

A short time after the Supreme Court decided that gay marriage should be legal in all states, the White House changed its colors.

From white to rainbow, that is, on Facebook.

The White House's Facebook account now has a profile picture in which the building itself is all the colors of the spectrum.

Hundreds of thousands have, at the time of writing, expressed their liking of this image, as celebrations have already begun.

Moreover, President Barack Obama's Twitter account offered this within minutes of the Supreme Court verdict: "Today is a big step in our march toward equality. Gay and lesbian couples now have the right to marry, just like anyone else. #LoveWins."

If only love really did win all the time. What a lovely place our earth would be.

Of course the president himself is a relatively recent convert to the gay marriage cause, having been outpaced even by his own vice president, Joe Biden.

Still, Obama scolded a heckler during a White House press conference this week, saying the disruption was disrespectful because "You're in my house!" And now we can all be clear it's a house that accepts everybody.

I wonder, though, what social-media items the White House had prepared for the opposite result.

A "You Ain't My Supremes" hashtag, perhaps.

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Love wins. If only that was always true. screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET