An appeal to a ruling striking down Virginia's ban on gay marriage will be expedited, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond announced Monday.

Briefs in the case are scheduled to be filed by March 28, while arguments are set for May 12-15.

Plaintiffs in the case, two same-sex couples, and Attorney General Mark Herring had sought the expedited review.

Herring is among the 7 Democratic attorneys general who have refused to defend such bans in court.

U.S. District Judge Arenda Wright Allen handed down her ruling last month, less than 10 days after hearing arguments in the case, Bostic v. Rainey. Allen declared the state's ban unconstitutional but stayed her decision pending an appeal.