As Ireland looks almost certain to legalise same-sex marriage after a historic referendum, celebrities have been flooding to Twitter to celebrate.
Singers, actors, comedians, sports stars and politicians from around the world have congratulated the country on its expected vote for equality after fears that “yes” supporters would be outweighed by more conservative voters.
Olympic diver Tom Daley, who announced he was gay last year, urged everyone to “go get married” after hearing the “wonderful” news.
Irish gay marriage vote results: In pictures
Irish gay marriage vote results: In pictures
1/11 Drag queen Panti Bless and crowd celebrate a Yes victory
Drag artist and Yes activist Panti Bliss joins supporters to celebrate in front of Dublin Castle
2/11 The celebrations started last night in Dublin and continued all day
A couple celebrating in Dublin
3/11 A woman heading to the polling station yesterday
Woman walks past a mural of two rainbow coloured hearts on polling day. Polling stations in the 43 constituencies across country opened their doors yesterday to vote on legalising same sex marriage
4/11 A 'Yes to Equality' badge
A pro-gay marriage badge on a voter's lapel in gaelic meaning "Yes to Equality" seen in Dublin on polling day.
5/11 A cafe in Dublin lending its support to the cause
Many businesses in Ireland have got involved in the campaign, declaring their support for both the Yes and No campaigns
6/11 Two campaign posters side by side posters on a Dublin street
Both sides have campaigned fiercely saying they are fighting for social freedom
7/11 Newly married couple share their support for a Yes vote
Newly married Anna and Vincent Fox share a kiss as they mark their support for a Yes vote in Dublin on polling day
8/11 50 foot mural on the wall of Caherkinmonwee Castle in Galway to celebrate gay marriage
A 50 foot referendum mural created by artist Joe Caslin to promote a Yes vote
9/11 Supporters celebrate an expected Yes vote
Supporters in favour of same-sex marriage pose for a photograph as thousands gather in Dublin Castle
10/11 Couple waiting for the result in Dublin Castle
Erin Reddy (left) and Dee Campell awaiting the result at Central Count Centre in Dublin Castle
11/11 A gay marriage activist kisses her rosary beads in celebration
A gay marriage supporter kisses her rosary beads at the Central Count Centre at Dublin Castle
Irish comedian Dara Ó Briain said he felt a “huge sense of pride” over the result, tempered by sadness at missing the spontaneous celebrations sweeping Irish cities.
Stephen Fry, Richard Branson, Sam Smith and Mark Gatiss were among the others reacting to the vote.
Here’s what they had to say…
CONGRATULATIONS to the Republic on saying yes to same-gender marriage! Now what about Northern Ireland?— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) May 23, 2015
So happy Ireland have passed the law to get married there. Still genuinely shocks me thou, that this is only just happening!!— SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) May 23, 2015
WONDERFUL news for Ireland. Now everyone...GO GET MARRIED #LoveWins ❤❤❤— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) May 23, 2015
Classy Mother Erin. X pic.twitter.com/NJBe9zM32e— Dermot O'Leary (@radioleary) May 23, 2015
Huge sense of pride over what has happened in Ireland, tempered by massive sadness that I'm missing the bloody party. #therealvictimhere— Dara Ó Briain (@daraobriain) May 23, 2015
Extraordinarily, after the pro result is announced later, N Ireland will be the one place in these isles where gay marriage is still illegal— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) May 23, 2015
Here at #HayFestival - almost no signal but news in that Ireland’s Yes Campaign has carried the day. So so happy. Oscar smiles in his grave.— Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 23, 2015
Jeez there'll be some raving in Ireland tonight— Annie Mac (@AnnieMac) May 23, 2015
To Ireland in the coming times... They came at last! Well done all. A beacon of light in darkening days.— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) May 23, 2015
Yes..yes...YES! #ireland— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 23, 2015
I love Ireland today as Ireland loves people loving people. I like to think the UK would have voted the same way.— Chris Bryant MP (@RhonddaBryant) May 23, 2015
So gay people can now get married in Ireland, but presumably, it'll still be really hard for them to get divorced.— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) May 23, 2015
Congratulations Ireland! The journey the country has made during my lifetime leaves me so very proud, happy and amazed. Group hug!!!!— graham norton (@grahnort) May 23, 2015
Homosexual "acts" were illegal in Ireland until 1993 and a "yes" vote today would leave Northern Ireland as the only country in the British Isles not to recognise same-sex marriage.Reuse content