Irish gays have gotten to the pot of marriage equality gold, and other equality measures are forthcoming, government officials say.
Celebrations begin in the Republic of Ireland, although the first weddings must wait at least one more day.
After a popular vote, same-sex couples may legally wed in Ireland as soon as November.
Marriage equality in the first country in the world to approve it by popular vote is now one step away from reality.
The president of Ireland is expected to sign the bill into law before month's end.
The republic that became the first to approve marriage equality by popular vote now extends labor protections to LGB employees of religious schools and hospitals.
The landmark ruling that made same sex marriage legal in the United States was cheered around the planet.
The actor was particularly vested in Ireland voters endorsing marriage equality.