On Thursday, the day after the Supreme Court ruled on two cases related to gay marriage, the high court denied review of 10 additional related cases.

Eight of the cases challenged the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), specifically the provision on access to federal benefits for married gay and lesbian couples that the justices struck down on Wednesday.

The other two cases, however, involved state laws related to marriage and gay couples.

In Brewer v. Diaz, Arizona officials sought to reverse a Ninth Circuit Court decision barring enforcement of a 2009 state law which ended health benefits for gay state workers in a domestic partnership. The law defined “dependent” for the purposes of benefits as “spouse,” effectively cutting out gay couples who are prohibited from marrying in Arizona.

In Coalition for the Protection of Marriage v. Sevcik, supporters of Nevada's constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual unions sought to have the justices recognize a state's right to enact such marriage bans.

Nevada's amendment is being challenged by eight gay couples who wish to marry in the state. A federal judge in Reno last year upheld the amendment, ruling that the voters had approved it in 2002 for the “legitimate purpose” of protecting traditional marriage. Plaintiffs appealed the ruling, while the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, which supports the marriage ban, filed an appeal directly to the Supreme Court.

As usual, the justices did not explain why the cases were denied.