Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt on Tuesday announced that the state will appeal a ruling striking down the state's ban on gay marriage.

U.S. District Judge Daniel D. Crabtree declared the state's ban unconstitutional in a 38-page ruling handed down Tuesday afternoon.

(Related: Federal judge strikes down Kansas' gay marriage ban.)

Schmidt said in a statement that his office would skip the customary 3-judge panel and ask the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver for an en banc review.

“The State of Kansas continues to have a strong interest in the orderly and final determination of the constitutionality of its prohibitions on same-sex marriage,” Schmidt said in a statement. “The state defendants will promptly appeal this decision to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and will ask for consideration by the full Circuit Court. Such a request for en banc consideration was nor previously made by either Utah and Oklahoma when their cases were heard by a three-judge panel of the appellate court.”

A 3-judge panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld similar rulings challenging marriage bans in Utah and Oklahoma. Defendants in those cases appealed directly to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear the cases.