'Rejoice New York,' Lady Gaga tweeted. 'We did it!'
By Benjamin Wagner and Kara Warner
The Twitterverse was ablaze with every color of the rainbow Friday night as New York state became the sixth and most populous in the U.S. to allow gay marriage.
With the bill, which passed 33 to 29 in the State Senate in Albany, the Empire State joins Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Iowa and Washington D.C. in recognizing gay marriage in the United States.
The timing was fortuitous as New Yorkers observe Pride Week, a celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community.
Lady Gaga, whose LGBT advocacy has manifest well beyond her songwriting at speeches, rallies and appearances from San Francisco Pride in 2009 to the National Equality March in 2010, and the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, wasted no time making her pride known.
"Rejoice New York, and propose. We did it!" she Tweeted. "The revolution is ours to fight for love, justice + equality."
"CONGRATULATIONS!" Punk-pop provocateur Pink shouted. "ABOUT TIME!"
Outspoken, plainclothes talk show hostess Ellen DeGeneres was thrilled about the news. "Every day we get a little closer," she Tweeted. "What an amazing feeling."
"Progress!" Neil Patrick Harris said. "A historic night!"
"Tonight we're all New Yorkers!" comedienne Kathy Griffin Tweeted. "Straight and gay alike, let's all celebrate marriage #equality."
MTV's own "My Life As Liz" star, Liz Lee -- a recent Manhattan transplant -- weighed in, saying simply "Proud to be a resident of NYC!"
"The rights u take for granted are only valid if u fight to give those same rights to others," Tweeted Russell Simmons
"Happy that New York passed marriage equality tonight. A victory for human rights. Progress." wrote John Legend.
"New York believes in EQUALITY!! Hopefully California and the rest of the U.S. will follow! Wish I was in NYC right now!" said Perez Hilton.
"As if I didn't already have enough to celebrate and enjoy today. A big hug for New York from my lone hotel room in London," "Glee" star Darren Criss tweeted. "I sing it every night, but now it has better meaning: 'New York- concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do.'"
"Proud to be from New York!! Such a beautiful thing!! So thankful and happy!!" chimed in Criss' co-star, Lea Michele. #Equalityforall Love and equality prevailed in New York!!"
"Proud to be FROM NY!" Lindsay Lohan wrote.
"NEW YORK! I [love] U! You're OFFICIALLY the coolest place on the planet!" Katy Perry enthusiastically Tweeted.
"Hell yeah NY! I have gotten several requests from friends... for a wedding singer!!!" LeAnn Rimes wrote.
"NYC legalizes gay marriage!!!" Kim Kardashian exclaimed via Twitter. "NOH8 New York!!!"
Others couldn't wait to propose, taking to social media to state their love.
"Wanna get married, @bravoandy?" 'NSYNC's Lance Bass asked Bravo's Andy Cohen.
Neil Patrick Harris later took to Twitter to announce that he and partner David Burtka are engaged, even though it happened a while ago.
"David and I did propose to each other, but over five years ago!" he wrote. "We've been wearing engagement rings for ages, waiting for an available date.
And then a few other celebs jumped on the proposal bandwagon, albeit in a less official way. "Alec! Now we can get married!" -Steve Martin tweeted at his buddy Alec Baldwin. "Ok. But if you play that effing banjo after eleven o'clock...." Alec Baldwin responded.
"It is now legal to do a gay marriage in NYC @AlecBaldwin, carpe diem." --Russell Brand