NEW YORK: Actors, singers and Hollywood celebrities, many of whom have played a major role in driving acceptance of gay rights in mainstream culture, whooped with joy at the US Supreme Court's ruling that made gay marriage legal nationwide on Friday.
Twitter lit up after the historic decision, with #LoveWins, accompanied by a rainbow-colored heart, and #Supreme Court quickly becoming the top trending items on the social media site.
Celebrities such as British singer Elton John and US comedian Ellen DeGeneres, both of whom are in same-sex marriages, have spoken out in support of gay unions for years.
Popular American TV shows Will & Grace, Glee and comedy Modern Family also are widely credited with playing an influential role in changing the perception of gays, lesbians and transgender people in the United States and beyond.
Following are some celebrity reactions to Friday's ruling, delivered via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and statements:
You never gave up no matter how much shame & fear. How much pain. Time to celebrate & heal. I'm in such awe of you. pic.twitter.com/sqVgMI30La— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) June 27, 2015
It's a new day. Thank you Supreme Court. Thank you Justice Kennedy. Your opinion is profound, in more ways than you may know. #huzzah— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) June 26, 2015
Love won. #MarriageEquality— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) June 26, 2015
Hugely emotional that marriage equality has finally come to the U.S. History! Love ALWAYS wins. ❤️❤️❤️— Jesse Tyler Ferguson (he/him/his) (@jessetyler) June 26, 2015
ALL 50 STATES!!!! 😭 So happy. Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so… https://t.co/lp6wDLfGmQ— samsmith (@samsmith) June 26, 2015
BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . .— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) June 26, 2015
looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It's a good day in America!!!
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