SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — About 1,500 same-sex-marriage supporters rallied in Salt Lake City to hail a judge’s decision paving the way for gay weddings in Utah.

The Deseret News reports the crowd massed at the Salt Lake City-County Building Monday night. The celebration came days after U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby declared the state’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

Earlier Monday, Shelby rejected the state’s request to halt the marriages pending its appeal of his Friday ruling. Utah officials then asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to temporarily stop the practice.

People at the rally sang along to a band, held signs saying “Love equals love” and waved rainbow flags. The newspaper reports one couple got married on the building steps.

Nearly 700 gay couples have obtained marriage licenses since Friday.

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