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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.

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.

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."

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."

Media owner Vice offered its congratulations to Ireland.

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.

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