SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Same-sex couples in Utah are celebrating after the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for gay marriages to begin in this state and 30 others.

The high court on Monday rejected an appeal from Utah and four other states that had sought to bar weddings between gay couples.

Troy Williams, the executive director of the LGBT advocacy group Equality Utah, says they're overjoyed for the families involved but had hoped the court would settle the issue once and for all.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes and Gov. Gary Herbert, both Republicans, have also said the issue needs to be settled by the Supreme Court.

Messages left with a spokeswoman for Reyes were not immediately returned Monday.

Herbert's office had no immediate comment but planned to hold a news conference Monday morning.