Today (June 26) the Supreme Court ruled that marriage is a right for all Americans, regardless of gender or sexuality. While celebrations are taking place across the country, many people are probably wondering how soon can gay couples across the U.S. can start exercising their right to marriage.
The answer is: TODAY.
Yes, that's right. This ruling means that as of June 26, 2015, all 50 U.S. states MUST recognize all marriages AND issue marriage licenses to ALL couples who want to get married.
"Some [states] may try to drag their heels a little bit," Joshua Block, Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU LGBT Project told MTV News. "But what should be happening is they should all be issuing licenses."
While there's anywhere from a 24 to 72-hour waiting period when any couple (regardless of sexuality or gender) applies for a marriage license, and many clerks offices are trying to catch up with new forms and procedures, no couple should be turned away.
"Different state laws might have different requirements about waiting times that apply to everyone," said Block. "But I think in most cases they can be waived. I can’t say that on the ground marriage licenses are being issued in all fifty states, but I can say that [according to SCOTUS's ruling] they should be. Everyone either should be getting married today if they want, or, if they have to have a waiting period, it's because everyone else does too."
Here's a photo from Kinsey Morrison of the first gay couple getting married in Kentucky.