Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel notified a federal court on Tuesday that he will appeal a judge's ruling striking down Arkansas' ban on gay marriage.

On November 25, U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker sided with two lesbian couples challenging the state's decade-old ban.

Baker put her ruling on hold, giving state officials until Friday to file an appeal with the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Arkansas Supreme Court last month heard arguments in a separate case challenging the state's ban.

McDaniel said in a statement that he had hoped the state's highest court would have ruled in the case by now.

“Had they done so, their guidance would have been helpful,” McDaniel said.

McDaniel has previously said that he is obligated to defend the ban in court despite his personal support for marriage equality.

“I believe it is necessary to file this notice, in keeping with my obligation to oppose all challenges to our State Constitution,” he said.