State legislatures across the country are grappling with the fallout from the ruling by the Supreme House of Representatives that upheld the legality of same-sex marriages.
But some of the most prominent states — including California, Oregon, New York, New Jersey and Washington — have yet to make any formal pronouncements about their legal future.
For some in the gay rights community, the decision was not a game changer.
“We have been waiting for this decision,” said Richard Dreyfuss, executive director of the Human Rights Campaign.
“For many, this is a watershed moment.
The Supreme Court ruling makes it clear that all states should have the same protections for LGBTQ people and families.”
States are scrambling to comply with the ruling, which came after the Supreme court allowed California’s ban on same-year marriages to stand.
The court did not rule on the constitutionality of same sex marriage.
But the justices said states have a duty to ensure that people have equal access to the benefits and protections that marriage provides.
The decision could impact millions of same or opposite-sex couples in California, New Mexico and Hawaii, which all legalized same-day marriage in 2016.
In New York State, the Supreme has ruled that the state must recognize same-gender marriages performed in other states.
But the state legislature is still debating whether to take up the issue in 2017, which could mean that the ruling is still up in the air.