A federal district court judge in Nevada has canceled oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging Nevada's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Chief Judge Robert Jones has canceled a hearing previously scheduled to take place on November 26 in Reno. Instead, Jones is expected to render an opinion based on briefs filed in the case, reported Prop 8 Trial Tracker, a blog of gay rights advocate Courage Campaign.

During an August 10 initial hearing, Jones expressed skepticism about the need for a separate hearing.

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

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.

Jones reportedly told lawyers from both sides that he wanted to quickly decide the lawsuit.

In 2002, Nevada voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a heterosexual union. Nevada began recognizing gay and lesbian couples with domestic partnerships in 2009.

(Related: Nevada to consider repealing gay marriage ban.)