A federal judge has delayed ruling in a case challenging West Virginia's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers said due to the “overlap of issues” in a similar case from Virginia, he would wait until the U.S. Supreme court decides, the AP reported.

West Virginia and Virginia are under the jurisdiction of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which recently struck down Virginia's ban as invalid. The ruling has been appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In June, Chambers said he was waiting for the Fourth Circuit's decision before proceeding in the case.

New York-based Lambda Legal is representing 3 gay couples and the child of one couple in the lawsuit filed in October in U.S. District Court in Huntington. Lambda Legal argues that West Virginia's ban violates the Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Lawyers previously asked Chambers to strike down the state's law, enacted in 2000, prohibiting their clients from marrying, saying that it is unconstitutional under any standard of review.

The state argues that it is merely attempting to avoid confusion by delaying the ruling.