Australia Gives a Resounding “Yes” to Marriage Equality

Australia Gives a Resounding “Yes” to Marriage Equality

Stars take to Twitter to celebrate the momentous achievement Down Under.

Stars take to Twitter to celebrate the momentous achievement Down Under.

Text: Jake Viswanath

The great country of Australia is about to have a lot more rainbows in the air after a public vote cleared the way for same-sex marriage to be legal Down Under. Australians said "yes" to marriage equality in a large but non-binding vote, with a 61.6% majority, an overwhelming victory for the LGBTQ community. Accordingly, the celebrations started immediately, with citizens waving rainbow Pride flags in public spaces and monuments like the Sydney Opera House lighting up in rainbow colors to mark the historic occasion.

But just because the public declared their desire to see marriage equality doesn’t mean the law is set in stone. The Australian Senate submitted a bill to change the current marriage law before the results were announced and must be debated for amendments. But Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is hopeful that same-sex marriage will be the law of the land come Christmas. "[Australians] have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality," Turnbull said after the vote results were revealed. "They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love."

Celebrities, LGBTQ figures and gay icons from Down Under and beyond have taken to social media to rejoice the historical moment and celebrate a major win for love and equality. "It’s a g’day. Way to go Australia," Ellen DeGeneres remarked, while legendary Australian pop star Kylie Minogue stated, "Love is love, always was love, always will be love." But perhaps most appropriately, Lady Gaga went with a simple shout: "NOW THATS WHAT I'M TALKIN’ ABOUT!" See all of the celebrity reactions below and celebrate this momentous occasion.

Credits: Photo via Twitter @SydOperaHouse

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