Puerto Rico is expected to begin issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on July 15.

The U.S. territory is responding to the Supreme Court's recent ruling striking down state bans on gay marriage. The high court declared in its ruling that gay couples have a constitutional right to marry throughout the United States.

Nancy Vega, director of vital statistics, said that her office was in the process of printing new gender neutral marriage license applications.

The actual marriage certificate will also undergo changes, she told NotiCel.

Vega asked that same-sex couples remain “calm” as the changes are implemented.

An appeal to a judge's ruling upholding Puerto Rico's ban is currently before the First Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeals court is expected to overturn the lower court's ruling.