At least six gay couples received marriage licenses Wednesday in South Carolina.

According to multiple local sources, Probate Judge Irvin Condon in Charleston issued the licenses.

Within hours, Kristin Anderson and Kayla Bennett exchanged vows, making them the first gay couple to legally marry in the state. The women, together 4 years, wed in front of the Charleston County Courthouse in a ceremony officiated by Tobin Williamson.

One the licenses was given to Colleen Condon and Nichols Bleckley, plaintiffs in a case challenging South Carolina's ban. Last week, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel ruled in favor of the plaintiffs.

However, Gergel's order doesn't take effect until Thursday at noon.

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson on Tuesday asked Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts to stay Gergel's order as the state pursues an appeal.

(Related: South Carolina asks Supreme Court to stay gay marriage ruling.)

An attorney representing Judge Condon said that a decision in a separate case paved the way for Wednesday's move. In that case, U.S. District Judge J. Michelle Childs ordered the state to recognize the out-of-state marriages of gay couples.