Same-sex marriage in the United States was initially established on a state-by-state basis, expanding from 1 state in to 36 states in , when, on June 26, , same-sex marriage was established in all 50 states as a result of a landmark civil rights ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States. Those couples who would like a gay wedding, or any wedding for that matter, must first obtain a marriage license before they can have their wedding ceremony. A marriage license can be obtained from the Los Angeles County Clerk's office, which is currently overloaded. Both partners must appear together. Expect a long wait and it is . free marriage records online marriage records marriage records for free free.