Irish actor Colin Farrell gives praise to his country for being the first to legalize gay marriage and it gives him pride to call it his home.

Farrell told E! News,

“Today Ireland has opened up her heart in a way that the whole world will feel. How we have changed our fortune in 24 hours, how we have lit the way, how we have guaranteed a brighter and more loving future for all who call this beautiful land home. Bravo citizens of Ireland.”

As of today Saturday May 23 most of the Irish population said yes for same sex marriage; a total of more than three million.

Farrell has always been a supporter of gay rights and same sex equality. Back in November the actor wrote a letter published in the Sunday World which encouraged voters in Ireland to vote yes.

The True Detective star does not identify himself as a gay male though through his support of his brother, Eamon Farrell  who is gay, the issue is dear to his heart.

“My brother Eamon didn’t choose to be gay, but he was always proud of who he was. Proud and defiant and, of course, provocative. Even when others were casting him out with fists and ridicule and the laughter of pure loathsome derision, he maintained an integrity and dignity that flew in the face of the cruelty that befell him,” says Colin.

According Colin, Eamon made the journey to Canada in order to marry his husband legally.

Colin with brother Eamon and friends in Canada at the wedding

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He believe it is our time to make changes and history in the world as he asked in his letter, “How often do we get to make history in our lives?”

In the letter he continues to say, “Not just personal history. Familial. Social. Communal. Global. The world will be watching. We will lead by example. Let’s lead toward light.”

He also stood up on the Claire Byrne Live show back in January saying he fully supported his vote “with every fiber of my being.”

Farrell stands strong to improve his brother’s rights and the gay community as a whole by showing activism during this great time in history.

Ireland has become the first country to legalize gay marriage in a popular national vote.

Image via Reuters/Mike Blake