Providence Mayor Angel Taveras on Thursday married Zachary Marcus and Gary McDowell as a gay marriage law went into effect in Rhode Island on Thursday.

Marcus and McDowell were the first in line to pick up their marriage license at Providence City Hall at 8:30AM. The men, together 2 years, met as students at Cambridge University.

They told the Providence Journal that they received the special honor of being the first gay couple to be married by the mayor simply because they asked.

β€œIt feels good. It feels like we've been waiting a long time,” said Marcus.

Shortly after 2PM Taveras tweeted, β€œI now pronounce you spouses for life,” along with a photo from the ceremony.

Rhode Island and Minnesota became the latest states to allow gay couples to marry on Thursday. In Minnesota, jubilant couples married in ceremonies throughout the state at the stroke of midnight.

(Related: First couples marry as Minnesota gay marriage law takes effect.)

Passage in Rhode Island came two years after the state legalized civil unions for gay couples. However, the civil unions law was panned by activists who vowed to continue the fight for full marriage.