As the results rolled in and Ireland gave a resounding “Yes” vote to marriage equality yesterday, a rainbow appeared over Dublin in what was seen as a fitting gesture from Mother Nature to celebrate the result of the referendum.
The happy coincidence was celebrated as a symbol of the rainbow flag flying over Ireland, and many took to Twitter to express their joy at the event as celebrations carried on throughout the day.
Ireland made history yesterday when it became the first country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage by way of a popular vote. The referendum had a turnout of 60.5 per cent with 1,201,607 people voting in favour of same sex marriage, a total of 62.1 per cent of the vote.
Ireland says YES and shows a great example of straight-gay alliance! Rainbow over Cork this afternoon. Be proud. pic.twitter.com/pat4HyLMpx”— Hans Nooter (@NooterHans) May 23, 2015
There's a big gay rainbow over Dublin, if that's not Jesus giving the Yes vote I don't know what is pic.twitter.com/p38LKtLgOv— Karl (@karltims) May 22, 2015
Yes vote, Eurovision is on, Actual rainbow over Cork, This is now officially the gayest day in Irish history pic.twitter.com/wVtnEfWvTU— Gav (@miracleofsound) May 23, 2015
There was a double rainbow over Dublin the day equal marriage rights were granted in Ireland. Love manifested. pic.twitter.com/JSR3tWxiwk— Higher Self (@HigherSelves) May 24, 2015
Ireland votes YES and Mother Nature makes a rainbow over Dublin to celebrate. Pretty freakin' sweet! pic.twitter.com/T8dFpADFBu— Lazarus56 (@Lazarus5665) May 24, 2015
Sin Fein President Gerry Adams called the referendum a "huge day for equality" and called for equality in "social and economic issues" also.
Australians have now called for their own referendum on same-sex marriage following the historic result from Ireland, but Prime Minister Tony Abbot has quashed requests, claiming it is the role of the federal government to deal with any changes in the law, stressing that referendums are reserved for constitutional changes in the law only.