The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday stayed a ruling striking down Mississippi's ban on gay marriage that was set to take effect next week.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Carlton Reeves struck down Mississippi's ban, saying that the 2004 amendment to the Mississippi Constitution violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Without the intervention of the Fifth Circuit, Reeves' temporary stay was set to expire on December 9.

While that's a win for the state, the court also agreed to expedite the case and assigned it to the same 3-judge panel set to consider similar challenges to bans in Texas and Louisiana next month. The hearing comes nearly 11 months after a federal judge declared Texas' ban invalid.

(Related: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant opposes gay marriage ruling; says it's “a constitutional question.”)

The Campaign for Southern Equality (CSE) filed its lawsuit challenging Mississippi's ban in October on behalf of Andrea Sanders and Rebecca Bickett, who wish to marry in Mississippi, and Jocelyn Pritchett and Carla Webb, who want their marriage celebrated in Maine to be recognized by Mississippi.

Lead counsel for the plaintiffs is Roberta Kaplan, who also led the legal team in the landmark Supreme Court Windsor decision that struck down a critical provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last year. Windsor has played a significant role in cases challenging state marriage bans.

“Our clients and other gay couples throughout Mississippi are of course disappointed that the Fifth Circuit extended the stay of Judge Reeves' ruling,” Kaplan said in a statement. “However, we are confident that the Fifth Circuit will affirm Judge Reeves' opinion so that marriages can begin in Mississippi as soon as possible.”