Singers, talk show hosts, performers and other celebrities have expressed their delight at the overturning of the Proposition 8 same-sex marriage ban in California.
“YEAHHHHH! PROP8 UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD,” tweeted Ricky Martin, who came out as gay in March.
“We’re gonna throw glitter on this barn tonight!!!” said gay American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert.
Ellen Degeneres exclaimed on Twitter: “Equality won!”
Her wife and actress Portia de Rossi commented: “I am ecstatic that Proposition 8 has been overturned in the state of California. This is an incredibly exciting and historical day and a big step towards equal rights for all.”
The two women married in California just months before the Prop 8 ban was enforced.
The openly gay Lance Bass, who is best known as a member of the 90’s band N Sync, added: “Congrats on the overturning of Prop 8.”
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian also tweeted about the ruling: “Prop 8 was struck down! This news is amazing!!!! It’s about time! Congrats to everyone!”
Cyndi Lauper, who is a long-time supporter of the LGBT community, issued a statement following the news of the legal victory.
“Today’s landmark ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional is a testament to the fundamentals on which this great country was built and validates that the discrimination gay couples face must come to an end. We as a society should be embracing these couples and helping them make the lifelong commitment to each other that many of us straight people take for granted each and every day,” said Lauper.
While Wednesday’s ruling has been described as historic, it is expected to be testing an in appeal and the matter may only be finalised in the US Supreme Court.