Celebrities whoop with joy at the US gay marriage ruling

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:

#Lovewins

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