Gay marriage advocates say DOMA ruling reaffirms their hopes for 2016

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Gay marriage advocates say DOMA ruling reaffirms their hopes for 2016

Advocates for gay marriage in Nevada are celebrating this morning Supreme Court rulings that give married same-sex couples federal benefits and strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriages.

While the ruling doesn't change much yet in Nevada, Tod Storey, who's the director of the ACLU in Nevada, says the ruling signals that popular sentiment is on their side.

"What we found in this last legislative session is that there is a majority in Nevada that supports recognizing marriages for same gender couples and wanting to do away with the constitutional definition of marriage that's currently on the books here in Nevada."

Senate Joint Resolution 13, which would remove the current ban on marriage in the state, was passed in this year's legislative session. It will go up for another vote in the legislature during 2015 and then voters will have the final say in 2016.

Storey says he believes these rulings are building momentum in the Silver State and that voters will come out in support of the change. Pro-gay marriage groups have planned a rally in downtown Reno at 7 p.m. tonight.