NEW YORK —
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 that limit marriage to heterosexual couples, and some of them will likely become battlegrounds as the debate continues.