A federal appeals court will hear arguments in a case challenging Nevada's ban on gay marriage in September.

In 2012, a federal judge in Reno upheld the state's 2002 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. Plaintiffs in the case, eight gay and lesbian couples, appealed the court's decision.

In February, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco agreed to expedite the case, and arguments were expected to take place in the spring.

Plaintiffs this week filed a request to hold arguments “no later than the week of September 8,” and the court agreed to place the appeal “on the September 2014 calendar.”

After the appeals court concluded in a separate case that it was unconstitutional to exclude jurors based on sexual orientation, Nevada withdrew its defense of the ban.

Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said that the state's legal arguments “grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable” in light of the determination.

Though the state is no longer defending the ban, it remains involved in the case. The conservative group behind the ballot initiative that put the ban in the Nevada Constitution, the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, was allowed to intervene in the case in district court.