Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and More React To Australia’s Historic Same-Sex-Marriage Poll

The country has overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, and marriage equality should be law by Christmas

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If you’re drowning a current wave of doom and gloom, we have good news. In a landmark day for LGBT+, Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage by an overwhelming margin in a national survey.

Some 61.6 per cent of voters supported the idea of Australia becoming the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage, after countries such as the US, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.

More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5 per cent of eligible voters – took part in the eight-week poll. All voters were asked one question: “Should the marriage law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”

The survey was voluntary, unlike Australia’s compulsory elections, but the result will lead to consideration of a same-sex-marriage bill in parliament. The country’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has promised marriage equality should be law by Christmas.

At a press conference in Canberra, Turnbull said that Australians had “spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality”.

The vote itself hasn’t been without criticism, with many same-sex-marriage supporters saying it was unnecessary when parliament could debate the issue directly. But supporters are celebrating either way, taking to the streets, partying in public spaces and waving rainbow flags.

And as the news travels the globe, people everywhere are rejoicing. Here are some of our favourite reactions.

Of course, the Sydney Opera House did its thing:

We particular like Zavch Braff’s message of congratulations:

Support is also pouring in from overseas:

Congratulations Australia.

This article originally appears in ELLE UK

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