Supreme Court allows same-sex marriages to proceed in Kansas
Terrence Hall (L) and Christopher DeCaria (R) display their marriage license to the media outside of the Mecklenburg County Register of Deeds office in Charlotte, North Carolina on Oct. 13, 2014. Photo by Davis Turner for Reuters.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed gay marriage to go into effect in Kansas by rejecting a last-minute request filed by state officials.

In a brief order, the court said it would not block a district court judge’s ruling last week that struck down the state’s gay marriage ban. The decision means marriage licenses can be issued to same-sex couples imminently.

Kansas will become the 33rd state with gay marriage.

Two of the court's nine justices, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, said they would have granted the state's request.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)