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posted Friday, May 29, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 22
From U2 to Hoozier to Colin Farrell, celebrities joyfully react to Irish Gay marriage passage
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From U2 to Hoozier to Colin Farrell, celebrities joyfully react to Irish Gay marriage passage

by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

When Irish nationals cast their vote on May 22 to allow same sex marriage, the world was paying close attention. And when it appeared the measure would be approved, thus making the Republic of Ireland the first country on the planet to legalize it by a majority, the celebration spread from the streets of Dublin to the Hollywood Hills to a concert stage in Arizona, and everywhere in between.

Among those proudly acknowledging the historical feat was super group U2, who adjusted the lyrics to one of its signature hits during a performance in Phoenix. 'They could not take your gay pride,' sang frontman Bono after a brief speech in the middle of the song 'Pride (In the Name of Love).'

'We have peace in Ireland today, and - in fact on this very day - we have true equality in Ireland,' said the rock star in his trademark sunglasses. 'Millions turned up to vote yesterday to say love is the highest law in the land - love.' The crowd roared in response.

Grammy-nominated artist Hozier, headed to Bumbershoot this summer, has been an avid supporter of LGBT rights since bursting onto the scene with his critically acclaimed single 'Take Me to Church.' The 25 year-old singer-songwriter flew from London to his home county of Wicklow to vote in Thursday's election, and afterwards posted his reaction on Twitter stating, 'The pure joy of it. I'm so proud of Ireland today... We can all take pride in making history. Only sorry I can't be there to celebrate!' he Tweeted.

Colin Farrell, soon starring in the sophomore season of 'True Detective,' praised his homeland with an emotional statement. 'Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel,' Farrell said to entertainment website E! Online. 'How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland.'

Farrell's brother Eamon is openly Gay and wed his husband in Canada; in November the actor penned a letter in the Sunday World asking his fellow countrymen and women to vote yes on the amendment.

Miley Cyrus, who launched an organization recently to benefit LGBT homeless youth, also chimed in with a simple three-word message to her social media followers, 'Fuck yeah Ireland!'

Award-winning singer Sam Smith, scheduled to perform at The Gorge in a few months, reacted to the news with 'So happy Ireland has passed the law to get married there. Still genuinely shocks me thou, that this is only just happening!!'

Emmy winner Sarah Silverman enthusiastically posted, 'Republic of IRELAND leads the world in social progress by legalizing marriage for all. #LoveWins (shouldn't it always?).' While another comedian, Seth McFarlane, had this to say, 'Congratulations to Ireland for legalizing same-sex marriage on a national level! Come on U.S., let's catch up to the future.'

And, perhaps the funniest reaction to Ireland's Gay marriage vote was from film/stage actor Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids), who hails from the only constituency where the measure failed, Roscommon, who said via social media, 'I was awarded the freedom of Roscommon. Martin McAleese has the same honour. In protest to [the] county's No vote, we're French-kissing right now.'

Many more celebrities, including Ian McKellen, Saoirse Ronan, Josh Groban, Graham Norton, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Thandie Newton, Ronan Keating, and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe posted their reactions online.

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