Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus lead online celebrations as Ireland legalise gay marriage

Hozier, Paloma Faith, Drenge and Angel Haze also make their opinions heard

Sam Smith and Courtney Barnett are among the musicians who have reacted with delight to the news that gay marriage has been legalized in Ireland today (May 23).

The people of Ireland voted in a referendum on the subject yesterday (May 22) with the verdict being confirmed this afternoon.

SEE MORE: SOAK: “Ireland Is So Behind The Times When It Comes To Gay Rights It’s Moving Backwards”

The vote was almost two to one in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage with all but one of the districts that were counted voted yes. More than 60 percent of the 3.2 million people eligible to vote did so. The result marks a significant result for gay rights activists in Ireland with homosexuality only decriminalized in the country since 1993.

Sam Smith was among the most high profile musicians to respond to the news, tweeting: “So happy Ireland have passed the law to get married there. Still genuinely shocks me thou, that this is only just happening!!” to his millions of followers.

Rou Reynolds of Enter Shikari also tweeted: “May the ‘moral’ compass of the catholic church continue to be discarded for the moral ‘sat nav’ of science.”

Irish musicians also reacted to the change in their country with Hozier writing: “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!”. Villagers, meanwhile, said he was “Blubbering like a baby” while Soak called for Northern Ireland to follow suit.

See a round up of musicians reacting to Ireland’s historical day below:

http://storify.com/nmemagazine/musicians-react-to-ireland-s-yes-vote