An appeal to a ruling upholding Nevada's ban on gay marriage will be expedited, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes two days after Nevada filed a motion to withdraw its support for the state's ban on such unions.

The court on Wednesday granted Nevada's motion filed by Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and agreed to expedite the case.

In her motion, Masto said that the state's legal arguments “grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable” in light of a recent determination by the court. Republican Governor Brian Sandoval said that he agreed with Masto's determination.

In that case, handed down earlier this month, the court found it unconstitutional to exclude jurors based on sexual orientation.

Writing for the 3-member panel, Judge Stephen Reinhardt said: “Windsor requires that when state action discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation, we must examine its actual purposes and carefully consider the resulting inequality to ensure that our most fundamental institutions neither send nor reinforce messages of stigma or second-class status. In short, Windsor requires heightened scrutiny.”

Eight plaintiff couples challenged the state's 2002 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. A federal judge in Reno upheld the state's ban in 2012 and plaintiffs appealed.

Tara Borelli, a Lambda Legal attorney representing the plaintiffs, told the AP that the court's decision means oral arguments could be heard as early as this spring.

“The wheels of justice are now on a much faster track,” Borelli said.

The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has also agreed to fast-track two similar challenges to bans in Utah and Oklahoma.