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(NECN/NBC News: Brian Mooar) - In San Francisco, celebration was in the air. Hours after a federal court lifted the ban on same-sex marriage in California, couples rushed to be among the first to tie the knot after this week's historic decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court.
"I can't believe I'm here. We have waited for 36 years," said Jerene DeLaney.
"We've been together 26 years this fourth of July and you know, last week the Supreme Court confirmed that we are real people. We are human beings and it's amazing," said Tim Boccia.
Perhaps fittingly, the first couple to marry in San Francisco was Kristin Perry and Sandra Stier, two of the plaintiffs in the high court case.
"This is the first day of the rest of our lives together and we could not be more elated," said Perry.
That elation, has been seen in cities across the country on what for many became an impromptu gay pride weekend.
In Cincinnati and in St. Petersburg, Florida, the institution of marriage is being celebrated like never before.
At a gay pride festival in Minnesota, vendors who specialize in all things wedding related, were a big hit.
After this week's decisions from the high court, they expect the marriage business will be booming for some time to come.