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-coloured heart, and #SupremeCourt 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.
Here are some celebrity reactions to Friday's ruling on social media:
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 (@jessetyler) June 26, 2015
ALL 50 STATES!!!! ?? So happy. Times are changing my friends. We have such a long way to go and so much more fighting to do so I hope nobody stops and thinks everything's ok because it isn't, BUT it's days like today, and moments like this that we've all gotta have a drink and celebrate how far we have come. I couldn't be prouder to be gay x love to all x #PRIDE #EQUALITY
BRAVO Supreme Court!!! We knew you had it in you. . . looking out for equality and looking out for healthcare. It's a good day in America!!!— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) June 26, 2015
Woke up to learn that love is free! Thank you to all those who fought so hard to make this historic moment happen.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) June 26, 2015