This past Friday Ireland became the 20th country to legalize same-sex marriage, but the first to do so by popular vote. With almost 2 million going to the polls, the predominantly Catholic country saw a 62 per cent vote in favour of amending the country’s constitution.
Celebrities were quick to take to social media to express their joy in the decision. Irish actor Colin Farrell told E! Online: “Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland.”
In fact, Farrell has been a very vocal supporter of the vote, for personal reasons. Last November the actor wrote a letter in the Sunday World, revealing that his brother is gay.
“My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay,” he wrote. “But he was always proud of who he was. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him.”
Eamon even came here to Canada to legally marry his partner, now husband.
Other celebs joined the worldwide celebration, taking to Twitter to voice their support. From the serious to the hilarious and whatever is in between:
Ireland did it! The 1st country to legalize marriage equality by popular vote, but they won’t be the last! What an incredible accomplishment
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 23, 2015
Fuck yeah Ireland!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) 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
I can’t believe Ireland is making every gay person get married! That’s wrong!
— Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan) May 23, 2015
U2, perhaps Ireland’s most famous sons, announced, “On this very day we have true equality in Ireland…because millions turned out yesterday to say ‘Love is the highest law!'” The band were playing in Phoenix as part of their Innocence and Experience world tour.