Facebook: More Than 4M Mentions Of Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Wednesday

By David Cohen 

Facebook exploded Wednesday after news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional, and the social network reported more than 4 million related mentions.

Mentions of the top 10 terms in conversations that were relevant to the DOMA ruling topped 1.5 million from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. PT (9 a.m. to 11 a.m. ET) Wednesday, reaching 3 million two hours later, and topping 4 million by 1 p.m. PT, Facebook revealed in a post on its Newsroom.

According to the social network, “DOMA” was the most-talked-about term, while “unconstitutional” saw the largest percentage increase, skyrocketing by nearly 60,000 percent by mid-morning Wednesday. “Struck down” and “Prop 8” (for California’s Proposition 8) also experienced huge spikes, Facebook added.

Celebrities who chimed in to express their support for the Supreme Court ruling — many of whom used the hashtag #PrideConnectsUs — included:

The heat map below from Facebook shows how users across the U.S. expressed their happiness with the ruling, with California showing the highest level of satisfaction.

Readers: Did you discuss the DOMA ruling on Facebook Wednesday?