The Internet Celebrates Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ Filibuster

The Texas State senator filibustered a controversial, sweeping abortion bill which lawmakers failed to pass. “The LeBron James of filibustering” had a really good night.

1. Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth began her filibuster at a special session of the Texas legislature. She began at 11:18 a.m. CST.

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2. The Capitol Building rotunda and legislative gallery in very liberal Austin was flooded with supporters wearing burnt orange.

4. Both “Wendy Davis” and “#standwithwendy” were trending globally hours before midnight in Texas.

11. In particular: A lot of people want Wendy Davis to be played by Connie Britton.

13. Coach Taylor was also evoked.

14. Game of Thrones was also a very popular topic…

15. Even though Davis was actually wearing pink running shoes, “House Davis” bears the sign of a tall pink pump.

17. The memes started to pour in as #standwithwendy began to dominate Twitter.

25. Patton Oswalt tweeted this scene from The Bad News Bears.

28. Over 137,000 people were watching the Texas Tribune live stream at this point.

29. With approximately 10 minutes to go, Democratic Texas Sen. Leticia Van De Putte insisted that she had not been heard over the men in the room, saying…

(Van De Putte had buried her father earlier in the day but insisted that she would not miss the end of the filibuster or any vote that might occur.)

30. As the crowd in the gallery began yelling over the Senate proceedings after Van De Putte’s statement, Twitter also exploded.

31. With five minutes to go before midnight…

34. They’re fattening.

35. With 30 seconds to go…

39. Republican Sen. Robert Lloyd Duncan’s Wikipedia page got an edit at this point as well.

40. The date stamp altering on the Texas Legislative Council’s website was also widely mocked.

41. As late as 2:00 a.m. CT, the decision was still unclear.

42. Around 2:30 a.m. CT, it was announced that due to the time stamps on the Senate record, the bill was dead.

Eric Gay / AP / AP

Sen. Davis took a seat.

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