A federal judge in Las Vegas has scheduled arguments in a lawsuit challenging Nevada's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones said Friday that he will hear oral arguments on November 26 in U.S. District Court in Reno in the case filed by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, the AP reported.

Lambda Legal filed the challenge in April on behalf of eight gay and lesbian couples who wish to marry.

The lead plaintiffs in the case are two women in their 70s who have raised 3 children and have 4 grandchildren. Beverly Sevcik, 73, and Mary Baranovich, 76, have been together more than four decades.

“This is an important first step in bringing the freedom to marry to Nevada. These loving couples, burdened by the stigma of Nevada's marriage ban, will have the chance to demonstrate in court that their relationships and their families are worthy of equal dignity and respect,” said Tara Borelli, staff attorney at Lambda Legal.

“Nevada's prohibition on marriage for same-sex couples serves no legitimate state interest, a fact the state even acknowledged by creating a parallel, but less respected, legal status of registered domestic partners. By not allowing them to marry, the state brands these loving couples and their children as second-class citizens.”

Judge Jones said he wanted to quickly decide the lawsuit and reportedly told lawyers from both sides that he would rely not on courtroom testimony but on written arguments.

The announcement comes just days after a federal judge in Hawaii threw out a similar case.