Saturday 10 December 2016

Celebrities join in with the global Marriage Referendum reaction

Daniel McDonald

Published 23/05/2015 | 14:19

Counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Counting gets under way for the Kilkenny by election and referendum in Cillin Hill, Kilkenny this morning. Photo: Tony Gavin

Ireland is poised on the international stage, as all eyes at home and abroad remain fixated on what is almost certainly a landslide victory for the same-sex marriage referendum.

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Reaction is flooding in from around the world, as celebrities and public commentators continue to take to social media to be part of part of the historic vote. 

Among those making their voices heard today are journalist and former Britain’s got talent judge Piers Morgan, Grammy award-winner Sam Smith, actor and former model Mia Farrow and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling.

Piers Morgan was outspoken early today, adding his voice to the fray in typical fashion. Singer Paloma Faith was also keen to stress her support for our referendum.

Author J.K Rowling, not generally known for her political commentary, said that we were witnessing history in the making.

Actor Mark Gatiss was particularly poignant, hailing our country as 'a beacon of light in darkening days', while musician Nina Nesbitt also tweeted to her considerable fan base of more than 160,000 fans.

Multi award-winning singer Sam Smith showed his support by encouraging the rest of the world to follow our example.

Mia Farrow, typically direct and to the point, said simply “ I LOVE you Ireland!!!!”

International press have also been praising the likely 'Yes' outcome, with the New York Times saying today: “Early vote counts showing strong and broad support for a measure that would have been unthinkable just a few years ago in what had traditionally been a Roman Catholic stronghold.”

In the UK, the Guardian hailed: “another major milestone in Ireland’s journey from a Catholic church-dominated state to a more liberal, secular society.”

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