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:
— Sydney Opera House (@SydOperaHouse) November 15, 2017
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) November 14, 2017
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) November 14, 2017
Yes!!!!! Congrats Australia! Every step taken is one closer to World Peace! Love love love you! Proud to be Australian by association lol ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/1zO5kSjMS7
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) November 14, 2017
Australia just voted an overwhelming YES for #MarriageEquality, what a big and important step towards full equality! Congratulations! ?️????️?
— Lady Gaga ?? (@gagamonster96) November 14, 2017
Yes Australia! ?️?
— Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) November 14, 2017
YES YES YES YES YES AUSTRALIA – YES!!!!!!! ????????????????????
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) November 14, 2017
AUSTRALIA ?? VOTED ❤️ YES ?️? LOVE ? WINS ✨
— DUA LIPA (@DUALIPA) November 14, 2017
We particular like Zavch Braff’s message of congratulations:
Congrats Australia! pic.twitter.com/mbBoj9fFId
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) November 14, 2017
— Billie Jean King (@BillieJeanKing) November 15, 2017
Support is also pouring in from overseas:
Australia voted YES for #MarriageEquality
Congratulations!! ❤️? pic.twitter.com/70grUntIvc
— Pride in London (@LondonLGBTPride) November 14, 2017
Well done Australia – you were asked to have your say and you shouted YES for #MarriageEquality. All eyes now on the politicians in Canberra to deliver! ?
— HumanRightsLawCentre (@rightsagenda) November 14, 2017
This article originally appears in ELLE UK.