Yahoo and Google See Same-Sex Marriage Searches Spike As Rulings Come Down

| June 26, 2013
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Crispin Hollings proposes marriage to Luis Casillas, who accepts, at San Francisco City Hall today, where people gathered to watch the decisions on Prop 8 and DOMA come in. (Deborah Svoboda/KQED)

Carolyn Clark, Senior Communications Manager at Yahoo, reports that a number of search terms have been spiking at the giant portal related to the Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA

Searches past 7 days ending June 25 (breakout refers to a term that is gaining interest and had little to no interest during the previous time period):

  • Gay marriage up 37 percent
  • SCOTUS up 37 percent
  • Prop 8 decision 2013 (breakout)
  • Marriage license up 9 percent, Marriage certificate 18 percent
  • Liberals Supreme Court (breakout)
  • Marriage equality (breakout)
  • Marriage equality sign (breakout)
  • Save Your Marriage (breakout)

Most searched Justices in the past 7 days:

  1. Clarence Thomas
  2. Antonin Scalia
  3. John Roberts
  4. Sonia Sotomayor

The gender breakdown on those searching about DOMA on Yahoo over the past seven days, is 49 percent female and 51 percent male.

The following specific search terms are among those spiking today:

[Prop 8]
[proposition 8 california]
[prop 8 dissents]
[Scotus ruling on prop 8]
[marriage equality sign]
[same-sex marriage]
[marriage equality symbol]
[marriage equality sign]
[supreme court decision doma prop 8]
[justice samuel alito]
[benefits of married couples]
[scotus acronym]


Search terms related to same sex rmarriage trending on Google today. (Google)

Meanwhile, at Google, spokesperson Roya Soleimani reports that the following search terms were trending between 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 pm ET today:

  • DOMA
  • Supreme Court gay marriage
  • Prop 8 ruling
  • 5th Ammendment
  • What is DOMA
  • Marriage Equality
  • Edith Windsor
  • US Supreme Court Ruling
  • HRC

“On Google+, the hashtags #equalrights and #EQUALITYFORALL are trending right now on G+,”Soleimani added.


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David Weir is Senior Editor, Online News for KQED. He is a veteran journalist who co-founded the Center for Investigative Reporting, and was a reporter, writer and editor at numerous media companies, including Rolling Stone, Salon, Wired Digital, California Magazine, Mother Jones, 7x7, and Excite@Home. He has published four books and his articles have appeared in many publications including The Economist, The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Nation, LA Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, Wired News and Salon. Reach David Weir at

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