The sails of the Sydney Opera House were illuminated Friday evening to mark the passing of marriage equality into law in Australia!

Minister for the Arts Don Harwin says there was no better way to mark this important milestone in the nation’s history.

“The passing of this law by the Australian Parliament after a ‘yes’ vote in the postal survey is a powerful message that same-sex relationships are regarded as both equal and valued,” Mr Harwin said.

“I feel proud that Australia has embraced the idea that the celebration of love and the institution of marriage belong to all of us.

“Tonight’s illumination is particularly powerful because of the strong public support for same-sex marriage shown by many of the resident companies based at the Sydney Opera House.”

Resident companies that publicly stated their support for marriage equality included Australian Chamber Orchestra, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Opera Australia, Sydney Theatre Company and The Australian Ballet.

The sails on the western side were illuminated in pink and the Bennelong sail had a shimmering rainbow – it was truly a spectacular sight to see.