Kylie Minogue, Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus have lead the celebrity reactions to Australia voting ‘Yes’ to marriage equality, with it being announced late last night that 61.6% of Australians had voted in favour of same-sex marriage.
Although this doesn’t mean that marriage equality will automatically be introduced, the fact that a majority of Australians support the bill is a huge cause for celebration – and it wasn’t just the natives who were happy with the result.
In fact, a whole host of stars across the globe took to social media to celebrate, with American Miley Cyrus referencing her relationship with Australian actor Liam Hemsworth in her congratulatory message to the country.
She wrote: “Yes!!!!! Congrats Australia! Every step taken is one closer to World Peace! Love love love you! Proud to be Australian by association”.
British singer Sam Smith admitted that he wished he was Down Under so that he could celebrate with locals, adding: “Seeing my feed full of rainbows leaves me breathless.
“So happy. Everyone tweet rainbows until your thumbs hurt!!!!!!!”
Other stars wrote:
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) November 14, 2017
I WISH I WAS THERE CELEBRATING WITH YOU ALL
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) November 14, 2017
I just really do need to visit Australia now. They vote for love. Bravo! #progress
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) November 15, 2017
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 14, 2017
Yes, Australia! Yes! ❤️
— Sue Perkins (@sueperkins) November 14, 2017
— Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin) November 15, 2017
A private member’s bill amending the Marriage Act will now be introduced in Australia, with members of Parliament being given a ‘free vote’, meaning that they will be allowed to vote in accordance with their own personal choice.
The Senate hopes to have the issue dealt with by 30 November with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball wanting same-sex marriage fully legalised in Australia by Christmas.