The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans on Monday said that it would hear appeals in cases challenging gay marriage bans in Texas and Louisiana shortly after the New Year.

The appeals court posted a tentative hearing date for the week of January 5.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia struck down Texas' ban in February, while U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman upheld Louisiana's ban in August.

Feldman's ruling broke a string of victories in federal courts for marriage equality supporters since the Supreme Court last year struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Plaintiffs in the Texas case are a lesbian couple who want the state to recognize their Massachusetts marriage and a male gay couple who wish to marry in Texas.

Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss of San Antonio (pictured) have been together for 17 years. The couple was denied a marriage license in November.

Phariss said in a statement that he and Holmes were disappointed at the slow pace of the appeal.

“Vic and I are extremely disappointed in the 5th Circuit's scheduling order,” Phariss said in a statement. “It unnecessarily delays the time when Vic and I and the hundreds of thousands of other gay and lesbian couples in Texas can marry. But love will ultimately prevail and we look forward to that day.”