A little over three weeks after the Iowa supreme court’s unanimous decision to legalize same-sex marriage, gay and lesbian couples queued up on Monday morning at the Polk County recorder’s office in Des Moines to embrace marriage equality.

Because of a furlough day in the Hawkeye State, Monday was the first day marriage licenses became available to same-sex couples. Sarah Kennedy, a liaison from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, was on hand at the recorder’s office as about 50 couples waited in line to obtain their marriage licenses. Couples began showing up at about 6 a.m., with the recorder’s office set to open its doors at 8 a.m.

“It was cold,” Kennedy says. “But it didn’t rain.”

Read the article at advocate.com and see wedding pictures.