Celebrities React to Australia's Historic Same-Sex Marriage Poll

Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, and more lead the celebrations.

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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 favor of same-sex marriage by an overwhelming margin in a national survey.

Some 61.6 percent of voters supported the idea of Australia becoming the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage, after countries such as the U.S., Canada, New Zealand. and the U.K.

More than 12.7 million people—about 79.5 percent 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 favorite reactions.

Congrats Australia.

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