The US Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act is seen as a victory for gay rights supporters. While it does grant legally married gay couples federal benefits, it does not mandate that individual states recognize gay marriage.
"You can see how that would seem to support the position that the state of Louisiana or the state of Idaho can choose not to recognize gay marriages - that's their choice - or the state of Ohio," said University of Akron School of Law Professor Will Huhn.
However, Huhn says that the high court's opinion may prompt individual states to think twice about ignoring gay marriage.
"The pressure is on the states, in that sense, that they had better articulate some reason other than 'We don't like these people' for denying the right to marriage."
Huhn says the ruling probably has more monetary benefit to gay couples, rather than a moral one. The opinion allows legally married gay couples the right to social security survivorship benefits as well as military and tax benefits. He says gay couples may move to states that will recognize their marriage, which would take money away from states, like Ohio, that do not.