The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging Louisiana's ban on gay marriage.

The action was the first the high court has taken involving the five cases currently seeking review.

In September, U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman issued a 32-page ruling upholding the state's ban.

“Same-sex marriage is not recognized in Louisiana and is reasonably anchored to the democratic process,” Feldman wrote.

LGBT rights group Forum for Equality Louisiana filed the case in February on behalf of four gay couples who say the state's refusal to recognize their out-of-state marriages violates the U.S. constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. The case was consolidated with a similar challenge involving two gay couples. Feldman broadened the case's scope to include whether gay couples should be allowed to wed in the state.

The decision broke a string of victories in federal courts for marriage equality supporters since the Supreme Court's June 2013 decision striking down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

Plaintiffs appealed the decision to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, where it was heard last week, and the Supreme Court.

“The Court's denial of review in the Louisiana same-sex marriage case is not a reliable indicator of the Court's current interest in the authority of the states to ban same-sex marriage,”'s Lyle Denniston wrote. “The couples in the Louisiana case had asked the Court to bypass the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and take on the case without waiting. The Justices' response probably indicates a desire not to intrude into the review by the Fifth Circuit, which held a hearing on the Louisiana case, and two others, just last Friday.”

The court took no action on similar cases out of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, which became the only federal appeals court to uphold such bans since the Windsor decision when it overturned rulings striking down bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky in November.