The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Friday refused to review its decision striking down Idaho's ban on gay marriage.

A 3-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit unanimously declared Idaho's and Nevada's bans invalid on October 7. Nevada immediately implemented the decision, but Idaho attempted to delay implementation as it pursued an appeal.

Gay and lesbian couples began marrying in Idaho after the Supreme Court refused to delay implementation of the ruling.

Idaho Governor Butch Otter, a Republican, vowed to continue the fight and asked for a larger panel of Ninth Circuit judges to review the decision.

Otter said that he was acting because marriage equality harms individuals.

“I have repeatedly pointed out to the courts that unaccountable judges imposing their perception of social change on the law – rather than public policy being changed through the democratic process – undoubtedly will lead to increased religious strife and restrictions on private property,” Otter said at the time. “For these important reasons, I will continue defending Idahoans’ self-determination and the will of Idaho voters who decided that traditional marriage is a core principle of our society.”

Today's order denied Otter's request.

Plaintiffs in the case, Latta v. Otter, are represented by the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR).

“The Ninth Circuit correctly recognized that there is no need to reconsider the panel's decision that Idaho's marriage ban violates basic constitutional guarantees of equal protection,” NCLR Legal Director Shannon P. Minter said in a statement. “The Ninth Circuit's decision striking down the Idaho marriage ban is consistent with the rulings of three other federal appeals courts, which have rightly concluded that our Constitution cannot tolerate the profound harm that denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry inflicts those couples and their children.”