Gay rights advocates and supporters of marriage equality rejoiced in a recent Supreme Court ruling regarding the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA. The court, in a split decision vote, asserted that a federal ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional and, essentially, it was up to the states to determine the rules of marriage in their state. Gay rights groups are celebrating this as a victory in their fight to gain the same rights as heterosexual couples, while supporters of traditional marriage between man and woman are continuing their crusade at the state level.

Both Justices Roberts and Scalia gave dissenting opinions, Scalia’s coming from the bench. He asserted that there had been cheating of both sides in this debate, arguing that the constitutionality of DOMA should not be a question. He asserts that the constitution neither forbids nor demands the definition of a marriage, thus negating any question as to the constitutionality of the argument. For that reason, he argued, this was a politically motivated decision rather than one that the bench should have made the decision on.

Where the states will go from here is unknown. If each state sets their own bar and definition of marriage, then, it would follow that there will be political motivations for campaigns in states where traditional marriage is the preferred definition. Proponents of gay marriage have already asserted that they will be taking the issue to the polls in controversial and highly politicized states such as Ohio and more moderate conglomerations. As such, pressure could be placed upon legislatures that choose one side or the other in this debate and take it out of the hands of the citizenry as it was with the Proposition 8 ruling. No, it needs not be the will of the people but instead the will of a majority of the state legislatures. Where this leads and the pressure that is put on said legislatures (and governors) will come in the next months to years.