Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown has criticized a federal appeals court ruling that left gay marriage bans in four states standing.

On Thursday, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati upheld bans in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee.

In writing the majority opinion, Judge Jeffrey Sutton, a George W. Bush nominee, said that voters, not judges, should decide the issue.

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“I don't understand these ivory tower judges who are offended because somebody loves somebody and wants to marry her or him,” Brown told WSPD.

“Judge Sutton tore a page out of the Republican Party playbook and simply regurgitated Republican Party talking points.”

Brown added that he believes gay couples will be able to marry in Ohio and the rest of the nation within five years and predicted that Ohioans would approve a proposed ballot question scheduled for 2016.

“If this is on the ballot in Ohio again, Ohioans will overwhelmingly vote for it,” Brown said.

Ohio's ban was approved in 2004 with 62 percent of the vote.