While California is often a trendsetter, Thursday’s ruling has little legal authority in other states.
George Washington University constitutional law professor JonathanTurley said that although the decision wouldn’t likely "cross state lines," he expects the decision to rekindle the debate on a federal constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages. He said it may also embolden some to file similar lawsuits in other states.
"Today’s decision is going to create a firestorm both legally and politically in the country," Turley said.
Thursday’s ruling makes California the second state in the nation to permit same-sex marriage, following Massachusetts.
There are 26 states where voters have already approved constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage.