US territory Puerto Rico on Friday began recognizing the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

According to Spanish news agency EFE, the Supreme Court's June 26 ruling striking down gay marriage bans in all 50 states became final and binding on Friday.

A group of New Progressive Party (PNP) lawmakers had attempted a last-ditch attempt block officials from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples by filing an emergency appeal with Puerto Rico's highest court.

On Thursday, the Puerto Rico Supreme Court dismissed the group's arguments.

“Puerto Rico cannot refuse to recognize marriages between people of the same sex. This is the current law,” the court said.

Gabriel E. Labrode tweeted that the court had chided plaintiffs, saying that they “show an alarming lack of knowledge of Constitutional norms.”

“The right to marry for LGBTs is here to stay. Period,” LGBT activist Pedro Julio Serrano wrote on Facebook. “Love always conquers hate … forever.”

UPDATE: The first gay couple has tied the knot on the island.