Google”™s year in reflection video celebrates marriage equality as “new beginning”


In Google’s “Zeitgeist” video compilation for 2013, which celebrates and commemorates some of the top moments—and thus, the top searches—of the year, the wedding of a same-sex couple was included in the very first segment, titled “new beginnings.”

Watch it below.

The brief clip of the happy couple shows what looks to be the families of both men, waving at the camera; the couple themselves are holding hands and looking at each other, smiling, at the front of the crowd. The clip is preceded only by a glimpse of the newborn Prince George of Cambridge, being presented to the world by his parents.

The year in review video is a part of Google Zeitgeist, where users can explore the most-searched terms of 2013; “zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the time.”

The video reflects both the good and the bad of the past year; the section titled “ways to help” shows scenes from the Boston Marathon, the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and a child holding a Syrian flag as a voiceover by UK Foreign Secretary William Hague says, “We are determined to do everything we can to alleviate humanitarian suffering.”

The lone scene in the section “courage” is that of Malala Yousafzai, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, as she says, “We realize the importance of light when we see darkness.”

In “goodbyes,” the deaths of Margaret Thatcher, Lou Reed, and Nelson Mandela are all commemorated.

The longest section is “inspiration,” showing a multitude of scenes—the meteor that exploded over Russia, a 3-D printed prosthetic hand, Daniel Day-Lewis saying “for my mother,” as he accepts his Oscar, and even the titular character (played by David Tennant) of Doctor Who.

Additionally, at least two more members of the LGBT community make appearances; transgender homecoming queen Cassidy Lynn Campbell, seen hugging a classmate, and NBA player Jason Collins, saying in an interview, “When you finally get to that point of acceptance, there’s nothing more beautiful.”

The end of the video tells viewers, “Search on.”


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