UPDATED: October 6, 2014 5:10 p.m.

LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Some same-sex Virginia couples wasted no time getting hitched Monday afternoon after the Supreme Court’s decision to clear the way for five states to legalize gay marriage.

Pictures of same-sex couples getting married at Virginia courthouses crossed social media shortly after marriage licenses were issued around 1 p.m. Monday.

A Centreville couple became the first same-sex couple to marry in Arlington County around 2:30 in the afternoon.

Erika Turner and Jennifer Melsop, both 26, said they had been planning to have a wedding in D.C. next year, but decided to jump at the opportunity to marry today in their home state.

“You can’t flock to states where it’s legal, because it doesn’t help the states that don’t have it yet. So, you just have to keep fighting,” said Turner when asked what her message is to gay couples who live in states where same-sex marriage still isn’t legal.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring applauded the Supreme Court’s decision.

“Today, the Supreme Court rejected all petitions for certiorari related to Virginia’s marriage equality litigation, thereby letting stand the Fourth Circuit’s decision that same-sex couples in the Commonwealth are entitled to all the rights and privileges of marriage,” according to a statement from Herring’s office.

Herring also said the Commonwealth will recognize all marriages that were lawfully performed in other states.

Herring, a Democrat, said the decision marks “a tremendous moment in Virginia history” and puts the state “closer to fulfilling the promise of equality ignited centuries ago.”

Gov. Terry McAuliffe also took to social media to express satisfaction with the decision.

McAuliffe’s office issued this statement from the Governor:

“This is a historic and long overdue moment for our Commonwealth and our country. On issues ranging from recognizing same-sex marriages to extending health care benefits to same-sex spouses of state employees, Virginia is already well-prepared to implement this historic decision. Going forward we will act quickly to continue to bring all of our policies and practices into compliance so that we can give marriages between same-sex partners the full faith and credit they deserve.”

“I applaud all of the Virginians who gave so much time and effort in the fight for equality, and congratulate my friend Attorney General Mark Herring on this important victory for justice and equal treatment under the law.

“Equality for all men and women regardless of their race, color, creed or sexual orientation is intrinsic to the values that make us Virginians, and now it is officially inscribed in our laws as well.”

WNEW reporter Cameron Thompson was at the Arlington County Courthouse during preparations for the courthouse’s first gay marriage ceremony.

WNEW’s Cameron Thompson contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.


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