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Social media reaction to marriage equality 'Yes' vote

  • Internet divided in aftermath of Australia’s historic same sex marriage ‘yes’ vote
  • Some spoke out to applaud the result, while others slammed the postal survey
  • Celebrities and politicians from around the world weighed in with their opinions 

Sam Duncan For Daily Mail Australia

Australia’s historic ‘yes’ vote to approve gay marriage has provoked strong reactions on social media.

Reaction to the result – in which close to eight million Australians, 61.6 per cent, voted ‘yes’ – has divided the internet.

While some applauded the majority vote for marriage equality, others slammed the government and leading politicians for having to vote at all.

Australia's historic 'yes' vote to approve gay marriage has provoked strong reactions on social media (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Australia's historic 'yes' vote to approve gay marriage has provoked strong reactions on social media (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Australia’s historic ‘yes’ vote to approve gay marriage has provoked strong reactions on social media (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Reaction to the result - in which close to eight million Australians, 61.6 per cent voted 'yes' - has divided the internet (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Reaction to the result - in which close to eight million Australians, 61.6 per cent voted 'yes' - has divided the internet (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Reaction to the result – in which close to eight million Australians, 61.6 per cent voted ‘yes’ – has divided the internet (pictured are people celebrating the result)

Celebrities from at home and abroad weighed on the results, including Savage Garden's Darren Hayes

Celebrities from at home and abroad weighed on the results, including Savage Garden's Darren Hayes

Celebrities from at home and abroad weighed on the results, including Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes

Early reactions focused on the sign language interpreter who stood beside David Kalisch of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as he announced the results.

‘Auslan interpreter is the true hero – apparently kept saying “I’m sorry I keep making mistakes I’m just so happy”,’ wrote one Twitter user.

‘Oh, please let this be true. That makes my heart soar!’ replied another.

Celebrities from at home and abroad weighed on the results, including Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes. 

Buddy Franklin of the Sydney Swans posted a photo of an equality badge on Instagram, captioned with:' Awesome work Australia'

Buddy Franklin of the Sydney Swans posted a photo of an equality badge on Instagram, captioned with:' Awesome work Australia'

Buddy Franklin of the Sydney Swans posted a photo of an equality badge on Instagram, captioned with:’ Awesome work Australia’

Early reactions focused on the sign language interpreter who stood beside David Kalisch of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as he announced the results

Early reactions focused on the sign language interpreter who stood beside David Kalisch of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as he announced the results

Early reactions focused on the sign language interpreter who stood beside David Kalisch of the Australian Bureau of Statistics as he announced the results

Other Twitter users echoed the sentiments of Savage Garden's Darren Hayes (pictured)

Other Twitter users echoed the sentiments of Savage Garden's Darren Hayes (pictured)

Other Twitter users echoed the sentiments of Savage Garden’s Darren Hayes (pictured)

‘I’m appreciative and happy but also angry the Australian gov wasted so much money, humiliated so many, exposed them to hateful rhetoric and made us beg for the privilege of what is a basic human right. Congratulations Australians, but shame on our government,’ he wrote.

Other users echoed his sentiments: ‘Let’s not forget the government put us through this process because they couldn’t do their job. Now they’re saying how great they are.’

AFLW star Erin Phillips posted: ‘Can’t describe how much this means. THANK YOU AUSTRALIA!’

Buddy Franklin of the Sydney Swans posted a photo of an equality badge on Instagram, captioned with:’ Awesome work Australia.’ 

The focus for others was on the distribution of votes, with some pointing out New South Wales had more 'no' voters than Queensland

The focus for others was on the distribution of votes, with some pointing out New South Wales had more 'no' voters than Queensland

The focus for others was on the distribution of votes, with some pointing out New South Wales had more ‘no’ voters than Queensland

Some savoured the result, celebrating the fact several high profile 'no' campaigners are not representative of all Australians

Some savoured the result, celebrating the fact several high profile 'no' campaigners are not representative of all Australians

Some savoured the result, celebrating the fact several high profile ‘no’ campaigners are not representative of all Australians

Joining celebrities who chimed in from around the world were citizens from as far away as Ireland. 

‘When Ireland voted on Marriage Equality, 62 per cent of us voted for kindness, for decency and most of all, for love,’ wrote one Irishman. 

‘Australia just near-as-damnit (sic) voted identically. I’m starting to think that 62 per cent of humanity is fundamentally sound.’

Other ‘yes’ campaigners were overjoyed, taking photos of signs at rallies in Sydney and Melbourne.

A cruise ship in Sydney Harbour celebrated the result by displaying a massive rainbow flag

A cruise ship in Sydney Harbour celebrated the result by displaying a massive rainbow flag

A cruise ship in Sydney Harbour celebrated the result by displaying a massive rainbow flag

Joining celebrities who chimed in from around the world were citizens from as far away as Ireland

Joining celebrities who chimed in from around the world were citizens from as far away as Ireland

Joining celebrities who chimed in from around the world were citizens from as far away as Ireland

‘The crowd has been told to hug and tell the person next to them that they are loved,’ wrote one person on Twitter. 

Some were less enthusiastic about the results, pointing out a large proportion of Australians voted ‘no’.

‘Fact for the day. 38.4% of Australians who voted in the Equal marriage survey are a**holes. The other 61.6% are history makers,’ wrote one social media user.

‘To the people who voted “Yes”, thank you so much for being on the right side of history. To the people who voted “No”, shame on you,’ wrote another. 

The general mood on social media was summed up by one user who likened the celebration to the 1983 America's Cup win

The general mood on social media was summed up by one user who likened the celebration to the 1983 America's Cup win

The general mood on social media was summed up by one user who likened the celebration to the 1983 America’s Cup win

Some were less enthusiastic about the results, pointing out a large proportion of Australians voted 'no' (pictured is a map of Twitter activity after the result was announced)

Some were less enthusiastic about the results, pointing out a large proportion of Australians voted 'no' (pictured is a map of Twitter activity after the result was announced)

Some were less enthusiastic about the results, pointing out a large proportion of Australians voted ‘no’ (pictured is a map of Twitter activity after the result was announced)

Some savoured the result, celebrating the fact several high profile ‘no’ campaigners are not representative of all Australians. 

‘The absolute JOY of knowing Tony Abbott and Miranda Devine and Andrew Bolt and Lyle Shelton and Glenn Davis are NOT Australia. LOVE is Australia’ 

The focus for others was on the distribution of votes, with some pointing out New South Wales had more ‘no’ voters than Queensland. 

‘All rural electorates apart from 3 in Qld voted Yes. But the majority of No electorates were in western Sydney? Let that sink in,’ pointed out one user on Twitter. 

'No' campaigner Cory Bernardi took to Twitter to expression his disappointment with the result

'No' campaigner Cory Bernardi took to Twitter to expression his disappointment with the result

‘No’ campaigner Cory Bernardi took to Twitter to expression his disappointment with the result

Other supporters of traditional marriage posted messages of support for the people who voted 'no'

Other supporters of traditional marriage posted messages of support for the people who voted 'no'

Other supporters of traditional marriage posted messages of support for the people who voted ‘no’

'No' voters were quick to move on: ''Ok. Now #SSM is decided, let's get on with stuff that actually matters like energy prices, spiralling debt and job creation'

'No' voters were quick to move on: ''Ok. Now #SSM is decided, let's get on with stuff that actually matters like energy prices, spiralling debt and job creation'

‘No’ voters were quick to move on: ”Ok. Now #SSM is decided, let’s get on with stuff that actually matters like energy prices, spiralling debt and job creation’

‘To the people who voted “Yes”, thank you so much for being on the right side of history. To the people who voted “No”, shame on you,’ wrote another Twitter user

‘No’ voters were quick to move on: ”Ok. Now #SSM is decided, let’s get on with stuff that actually matters like energy prices, spiralling debt and job creation.’

In the ‘No’ campaign headquarters Lyle Shelton was met with massive applause, as he congratulated the ‘yes’ campaign and called the result disappointing. 

The general mood on social media was summed up by one user who likened the celebration to the 1983 America’s Cup win.    

‘I can’t remember Australia celebrating this much since Bob Hawke collectively called employers “a bum”,’ they wrote.

In the 'No' campaign headquarters Lyle Shelton was met with massive applause, as he congratulated the 'yes' campaign and called the result disappointing

In the 'No' campaign headquarters Lyle Shelton was met with massive applause, as he congratulated the 'yes' campaign and called the result disappointing

In the ‘No’ campaign headquarters Lyle Shelton was met with massive applause, as he congratulated the ‘yes’ campaign and called the result disappointing

 

 

 

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