Brands, celebrities and more come out in support of Ireland's historic #MarRef result
Brands, celebrities and, um, God have tweeted their support as Ireland becomes the first country to legalise marriage equality following a referendum vote.
With the highest voter turnout in over two decades ballots from 43 constituencies revealed over 60 per cent of voters were in favour of gay marriage.
Ireland's equality minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin kicked things off tweeting: "Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"…Ireland has said: "F*CK YEAAHHHH". A tweet that has now been retweeted more than 12,000 times and favourites nearly by nearly 10,000 Twitter users.
Ireland hasn't just said "Yes"... Ireland has said: "F❤️CK YEAAHHHH"
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) May 23, 2015
Paddy Power, Ben & Jerry's and Innocent all tweeted their support with the bookmaker joking that Ireland had next year's Eurovision entry "wrapped up" following the vote.
At least next year we can enter a duet of a married gay couple. Eurovision 2016 absolutely wrapped up for Ireland. #Eurovision2015 #MarRef — Paddy Power (@paddypower) May 23, 2015
As of today, everyone in Ireland who wants to get married, can get married. We'll raise a smoothie to that. pic.twitter.com/TgTRwCaRRR
— innocent Ireland (@innocentIreland) May 23, 2015
Entrepreneur Richard Branson said it was "great to see the people of Ireland voting to live in a country where everyone is treated equally" and author JK Rowling called the result "extraordinary and wonderful."
Great to see the people of Ireland voting to live in a country where everybody is treated equally #MarRef #YesEquality — Richard Branson (@richardbranson) May 23, 2015
Sitting here watching the Irish make history. Extraordinary and wonderful. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 23, 2015
Prominent figures in the LGBT community Stephen Fry, Ellen DeGeneres and Ricky Martin voiced their support for the result with Fry tweeting: "The sanctity of marriage has been upheld."
The Irish people spoke. And the words they spoke were Respect, Dignity and, loudest of all, Love. The sanctity of marriage has been upheld. — Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) May 23, 2015
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
#Ireland says YES to marriage equality making it the first country to pass the freedom to marry by popular vote! #LoveAlwaysWins — Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) May 23, 2015
Media owner Vice offered its congratulations to Ireland.
CONGRATULATIONS, IRELAND! #MarRef http://t.co/O77rNF9N1Q pic.twitter.com/Q1Vxas8b6W — VICE (@VICE) May 23, 2015
And as a double rainbow appeared over Dublin city centre an account purporting to be 'The Tweet of God' said the vision was clear indication of his feelings about the result.