It's a landmark decision that changes the scope of matrimony in all 50 states, same sex couples now have equal rights to marry.  

Many gay couples in Dallas, Austin and San Antonio got their license right after the high court decision was announced, but Lubbock still doesn't have all the paperwork to move forward. 

Kat cade was all smiles.

"It feels so liberating," Cade said.

In a five to four vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled all 50 states must recognize same sex marriage.

"I'm no longer considered a second class citizen at least with my marriage rights, is fantastic," Cade said.

Prior to the ruling, Cade and her partner planned their wedding for September in New Mexico.

"We still plan on having that wedding, the dress the dancing, the whole sha-bang, but we do plan on getting married as soon as the court house starts issuing licenses," Cade said.

After hearing that other Texas couples were getting their licenses, Cade went straight to the Lubbock County Courthouse.

"It's such a momentous occasion and we want to embrace it and we want to be apart of it."

Unfortunately, the clerk's office is waiting for direction from the attorney general on how to proceed with same sex marriage licenses. 

The Attorney General's office has asked Lubbock County to wait another three weeks for clarity.

"We know it's inevitable maybe it'll be in a couple of days or a few weeks but we'll be here again," Cade said.

For now though, the decision in and of itself is enough.

"I just feel so optimistic right now."

"There's some recognition for us that we haven't had," Pastor Tony Thieman-Somora said.

"Marriage isn't about gender, it's about who we love," Thieman-Somora said.

Although Pastor Tony and his husband got married in Iowa six years ago, he said, he knew the day would come where marriage equality would be recognized all across the nation.

"It's a day where we just rejoice, because it's like it hit our country," Thieman-Somora.

Not everyone is rejoicing in the decision.

"As a pastor, I'm saddened and sickened by this ruling," Pastor Jim Gerlt said.

Jim Gerlt is the Executive Pastor at Bacon Heights Baptist Church.

"I believe marriage is between a man and a woman, that's not my definition that's the bible's definition."

He said the Supreme Court continues to snip away strands at the moral fiber of our nation.

"This is drifting further and further away from the way that our nation was founded," Gerlt said.

Pastor Tony said there will always be those against it.

"There's a lot more people that are for us than against us."

"Traditionally, Texas and other states in the south tend to be a little bit more behind with social movements," Cade said.

Still, cade said she knew this day would come.

"Overtime we won't even have the word same sex marriage it's just going to be marriage which is how it always should have been."