Iowa county recorders began processing marriage licenses for gay and lesbian couples this morning, and the first gay nuptials might take place as early as today; it's all up to the judges.

Iowa imposes a three-day waiting period before a marriage can take place, but a judge may elect to waive the requirement, leaving the possibility that vows between gay couples might be exchanged as early as today.

Gay marriage foes say they will continue to attempt to disrupt gay and lesbian marriages from taking place in Iowa.

One woman, Gloria Villanueva, is urging people to go to their local courthouse today for a prayer rally. Villanueva says she disagrees with the court's unanimous decision and is organizing the prayer service to have her voice heard.

A second effort to disrupt gay nuptials asks county recorders to deny marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples and break the law. At least one lawmaker, Senator Merlin Bartz, a Republican from Grafton, is facing possible ethics charges for abetting the illegal action.

“I'm not urging county recorders to ignore the law,” he told reporters. “I'm urging them to exercise their conscience and if they have a wish to invoke that, they have just as much of a right to invoke that as a county attorney does.”

The threatened disruptions were having little affect on gay marriage advocates, who were clearly elated at adding another state in their corner.

“While some have threatened to disrupt this historic day, any who attempt to do so can hardly carry the 'pro-family' banner,” Steve Ralls, director of communications for Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), told On Top Magazine. “The sun still rises each day in states where lesbian and gay couples now enjoy the right to wed, and the only change that will take place in Iowa, like those other states, is that more people will now be able to protect their families.”

Iowa is the third state behind Massachusetts and Connecticut to legalize gay marriage; Vermont is the fourth. Gay marriages begin in September in the Green Mountain State.