10/13/2014 06:26 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Recap of the Week's Gay Marriage Victories (and Where We'll Win Next) (VIDEO)

As of last week, tens of millions more Americans are now living in states with marriage equality, and that number is likely to keep increasing -- possibly within the next day or two.

That's thanks to two major victories in federal court: The U.S. Supreme Court denied cert to cases from five states, effectively allowing the lower court wins to stand, and then the Ninth Circuit ruled against a marriage-equality ban in two more states.

That means that marriage equality is now legal in Nevada, Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia, Oklahoma and Utah.

And crucially, the victories apply at the Circuit Court level, which establishes a precedent over numerous neighboring states. As a result, within a few days, Colorado and North Carolina started issuing marriage licenses to LGBT couples.

Kansas, Idaho, South Carolina, Montana and Wyoming could soon follow as well.

And following the Ninth Circuit ruling, marriage equality could soon come to Alaska and Arizona. The timeline is a bit murkier in Idaho, where an expected appeal could delay the start of marriage equality.

The next steps are to wait for more court rulings in other circuits. Rulings are due from several courts over the next few months. A decision that upholds a marriage-equality ban could be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court.