James Esseks, director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Project, called Monday’s non-decision “a watershed moment for the entire country.”

But the fight for full equality continues, he said. “We are one big step closer to the day when all same-sex couples will have the freedom to marry regardless of where they live. The time has come and the country is ready.”

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to take up same-sex marriage appeals from five states, a decision that should pave the way for legal gay marriage in a majority of states.

The Court’s order immediately ends delays on marriage in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin. In addition, couples in six other states—Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming—should be able to get married soon because they are also under the jurisdiction of appeals courts that struck down the bans.

According to the New York Times, “The move was a major surprise and suggests that the justices are not going to intercede in the wave of decisions in favor of same-sex marriage at least until a federal appeals court upholds a state ban.”

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court leaves in force five favorable marriage rulings reached in three federal appellate courts, ensuring the freedom to marry for millions more Americans around the country,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry. “The Court’s letting stand these victories means that gay couples will soon share in the freedom to marry in 30 states, representing 60 percent of the American people.”

However, there is more to be done, Wolfson continued:

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