Ireland is making history! On Saturday, May 23, Ireland became the first country to approve same-sex marriage with a popular vote.
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.
“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.
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.”
Find out how Olivia Wilde, Sam Smith, Alan Cumming, and more stars are reacting below:
Omfg! Ireland! Have you done it? Is it really a YES?
— Alan Cumming (@Alancumming) May 23, 2015
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) May 22, 2015
I ?? Ireland https://t.co/dmgghyL4z4
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) 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
— Andy Cohen (@Andy) May 23, 2015
WONDERFUL news for Ireland. Now everyone…GO GET MARRIED #LoveWins ???????
— Tom Daley (@TomDaley1994) May 23, 2015
— Richard Branson (@richardbranson) May 23, 2015
Congratulations my cousins and kin!! And to priests who bemoan equality- your reign of fear and abuse is over. Love is the way and the Light
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) May 23, 2015
Republic of IRELAND leads the world in social progress by legalizing marriage for all. #LoveWins (shouldn’t it always?)
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) May 23, 2015
CONGRATULATIONS to the Republic on saying yes to same-gender marriage! Now what about Northern Ireland?
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) May 23, 2015
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