A majority of Americans approve of two Supreme Court rulings related to gay marriage.

Last week's decisions opened the door for same-sex marriages to resume in California and struck down a law that prohibited federal benefits for legally married gay couples.

According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll of 1,005 adults released Wednesday, 56 percent of respondents approve of the ruling “providing legal married same-sex couples with the same federal benefits given to other married couples,” while 41 percent do not approve.

A smaller majority, 51 percent, approve of the court's action in the case involving Proposition 8, California's now ended marriage ban. Forty-five percent disapprove.

In that case, the high court dismissed an appeal by interveners to a lower court's decision which found Proposition 8 to be unconstitutional. The justices said proponents did not have legal standing to challenge the order.