Same-sex couples were five days away from being able to get married in the state of Mississippi.
Now they will have to wait at least a little longer.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday (4 December) granted the state of Mississippi’s request for a stay on the 25 November ruling by US District Judge Carlton W. Reeves who struck down the ban.
The state has appealed Reeves’ ruling to the Fifth Circuit.
The legal decisions stem from a lawsuit filed on behalf of two lesbian couples seeking the right to get married in their home state of Mississippi.
The Fifth Circuit has given the state until 19 December to submit its briefs in the appeal. It’s not known when they will hold a hearing but they have agreed to expedite the process.
The same court is already set to hear arguments in two lawsuits challenges to gay marriage bans in Louisiana and Texas on 9 January.