Idaho Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, on Wednesday turned to an appeals court after a federal judge denied his request to stay an order striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

In a 57-page ruling handed down Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy W. Dale declared Idaho's 2006 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples unconstitutional.

The ruling, which came less than 4 days after a judged declared invalid Arkansas' ban, is scheduled to take effect 9 AM Friday.

Otter, a named defendant in the case, Latta v. Otter, filed a motion Monday requesting an immediate stay to the order, in the event the state lost the case.

Dale denied the request on Wednesday, and Otter turned to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, the same court which struck down a similar ban in California.

In filing an emergency motion for a stay with the appeals court, Otter argued that “absent the stay … there will be a repetition in Idaho of the unseemly chaos, confusion, conflict, uncertainty, and spawn of further litigation and administrative actions seen in Utah and, to a lesser extent, in Michigan.”