Supreme Court won’t take up Louisiana lawsuit over same-sex marriage _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Louisiana plaintiffs Derek Penton-Robicheaux, center with sign, and Jon Penton-Robicheaux, center background, stand with another Louisiana plaintiff Sergio March-Prieto, far left, and Texas plaintiffs Nicole Dimetman, second left, and her wife Cleopatra DeLeon, a U.S. Air Force and Texas Air National Guard veteran, hold signs before a press conference after their legal teams made oral arguments in gay marriage cases for Texas, Mississippi, and Louisiana at the U.S. Court of Appeals Building for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans, background, in New Orleans, La. Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

The Supreme Court has opted not to hear a Louisiana case on same-sex marriage, according to USA Today.

Because of that, a district court ruling upholding Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban must be first challenged in a federal appeals court, the report said.

On Friday, lawyers involved in marriage equality lawsuits from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas all were in New Orleans to trade arguments before a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.