On Friday, the United States for the first time approved a marriage-based green card petition by a gay couple.

The petition filed by Julian Marsh and Traian Popov of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was approved two days after the Supreme Court struck down a critical provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Under DOMA, gay Americans, unlike their straight counterparts, were prohibited from sponsoring an immigrant spouse for citizenship. The act prohibited federal agencies from recognizing the legal marriages of gay couples.

The two men were introduced by friends in 2011 and married the following year in New York.

“I met him, I fell in love, and that was it,” Marsh told the DOMA Project.

Popov, who emigrated from Bulgaria, is currently pursuing a PhD in Conflicts Analysis and Resolution, while Marsh is an internationally acclaimed DJ and music producer.

Marsh, a U.S. citizen, filed a petition with USCIS immigration services on February 13th and received notification of approval by email on Friday.

“Thanks to the Supreme Court and President Obama, we have an approved green card petition and we get to stay in our home and our country,” Marsh said. “If DOMA had not been struck down we were faced with no alternative but to leave our home and the country that we love so much. We feel extremely grateful and fortunate to have been given the greatest gift possible as we celebrate gay pride around the country. Today we rejoice. Next week we get back to work to defeat all the barriers to full equality.”

Lovi Soloway, co-founder of the DOMA Project, said that the approval “demonstrates that the Obama administration's commitment to recognizing the marriages of same-sex couples nationwide is now a reality on the ground.”

“This historic first green card approved confirms that for immigration purposes the Supreme Court ruling striking down DOMA will extend equal recognition to same-sex couples in all 50 states, as long as they have a valid marriage,” he added.