Wedding bells could be ringing in California as soon as Saturday, June 17th. Even thought that's a Saturday, the state chose that day because the State Supreme Court has until the end of the business day on June 16th to decide whether to grant a stay of its ruling legalizing gay marriage.
New marriage lisences in California would include "Party A" and "Party B" instead of bride and groom.
In New York, the Governor's counsel has issued a memo saying state agencies, including those governing health care and insurance must immediately change policies to make sure "spouse" "husband" and "wife" are clearly understood to include gay couples.
Gay marriage is not legal in New York, but this ruling would recognize the marriages of New Yorkers who are legally married elsewhere.
Right now, Massachusetts is the only state in the US that recognizes gay marriage. Gay couples can also travel to Canada to get married.
Along with simply being an equal, same sex couples want to get married to enjoy the same rights as men and women who marry and get tax rates and family health care plans.