Gay and lesbian couples in Kansas, Nevada and West Virginia have received marriage licenses.

According to the AP, a gay couple on Friday was issued a marriage license in Johnson County, Kansas' most populous county, two days after district court Chief Judge Kevin Moriarty ordered clerks and other judges to do so.

Chris Bostic and David Epp of Charleston were the first gay couple to apply for a marriage license on Thursday in Kanawha County, West Virginia. In Cabell County, two couples, Justin Murdock and William Glavaris and Casie McGee and Sarah Adkins, are credited with being the first to receive their licenses to marry.

The marriage licenses were issued just hours after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced his office would no longer defend the state's ban in court.

Kansas and West Virginia are two of the six states affected by the Supreme Court's refusal to hear appeals in cases challenging bans in five states, thereby allowing appellate court rulings striking down the bans to stand.

In Las Vegas, known as the marriage capital of the world for its numerous wedding venues, gay couples patiently waited in line at the Clark County clerk's office to hear word they could marry.

The first couple, Theo Small and Antioco Carillo, received their license to marry shortly after 5 PM.

“It's amazing. This is it,” Small told the AP.

“We're walking on clouds. This is unreal,” Carillo said.

But Kristy Best and Wednesday Smith were the first gay couple to receive a license in Nevada. The women, who plan to marry on Saturday, received their license at the Carson City marriage office.

“We went to see what would happen, and they gave us the license,” Best told the AP. “I feel amazing. So happy. Love doesn't discriminate, so why should we?”

Nevada had been preparing for this day since February, when Republican Governor Brian Sandoval announced the state would no longer defend its ban in court. On Tuesday, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco struck down bans in Idaho and Nevada. A Supreme Court mistake delayed implementation of the order by a day.