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After SCOTUS Decision, First Same-Sex Couples Marry In Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia And Wisconsin (PHOTOS)

ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 06: Erika Turner (R) and Jennifer Melsop (L) of Centreville, Virginia, becomes the first same sex marriage couple in Arlington County during a ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles (C) of Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlingon, outside the Arlington County Courthouse October 6, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not hear the five pending same-sex marriage cases, paving the way for gay and lesbian marriage in 11 more states. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 06: Erika Turner (R) and Jennifer Melsop (L) of Centreville, Virginia, becomes the first same sex marriage couple in Arlington County during a ceremony, officiated by the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles (C) of Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlingon, outside the Arlington County Courthouse October 6, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not hear the five pending same-sex marriage cases, paving the way for gay and lesbian marriage in 11 more states. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples across Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin scrambled to tie the knot Oct. 6 after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected appeals from those five states which sought to prohibit same-sex marriages.

Just hours later, county clerks in those five states began issuing marriage licenses to those couples -- and their impromptu ceremonies, as seen on social media, are just heartwarming.

The flurry of marriage equality victories doesn't seem likely to end anytime soon, as Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming are in the same judicial circuits and must abide by the appellate rulings that were put on hold pending the Supreme Court's review. When all is said and done in those states (which could happen in short order, according to the Associated Press), same-sex marriage will be legal in 30 states and the District of Columbia.

Check out photos of the first same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses below. Congrats, all!

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