NEW YORK (AP) - Even as they celebrate a momentous legal victory, supporters of gay marriage are already anticipating a return trip to the Supreme Court in a few years.
They say a broader court ruling is probably the only viable option for legalizing same-sex unions in all 50 states.
Wednesday's two rulings from the Supreme Court will extend federal recognition to same-sex marriages in the states where they are legal and will add California to the 12 others in that category. That will mean about 30 percent of Americans live in states recognizing same-sex marriage.
But the court's rulings have no direct effect on the constitutional amendments in 29 states, including Virginia, that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, and some of them will likely become battlegrounds as the debate continues.
Some area residents say they were shocked and pleased to hear that the country is moving toward equality. Others say they think the move is a waste of money and won't really end in significant change. They say people will do what they want regardless and it's an issue where the government has no place. One area woman says "Call me Pollyanna, but I truly believe that love conquers hate."