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Ireland Makes History, Approves Same-Sex Marriage: Olivia Wilde, Sam Smith, and More Stars React!

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Ireland approved same-sex marriage via popular vote on Saturday, May 23 Taylor Hill/FilmMagic; Samir Hussein/WireImage

Ireland is making history! On Saturday, May 23, Ireland became the first country to approve same-sex marriage with a popular vote.

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According to the New York Times, more than 60 percent of the 3 million people eligible to vote cast ballots. Earlier in the day, those against the ruling conceded defeat even before the news was announced.

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“I think this is a moment that rebrands Ireland to a lot of folks around the world as a country not stuck in tradition but that has an inclusive tradition,” Human Rights Campaign director Ty Cobb told NYT.

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Ireland on Saturday, May 23 PAUL FAITH/AFP/Getty Images

Gerry Adams, president of the republican party Sinn Fein, added: “There are two Irelands, the elite Ireland and the hidden Ireland. And today the hidden Ireland spoke.”

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Find out how Olivia Wilde, Sam Smith, Alan Cumming, and more stars are reacting below:

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