The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a lower court's ruling upholding Louisiana's ban on gay marriage.

Saying that the ban is “anchored to the Democratic process,” U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, who was nominated to the bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan, last year upheld Louisiana's ban.

The case was filed by LGBT rights group Forum for Equality Louisiana on behalf of four gay couples who said 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 who were denied a marriage license.

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

Plaintiffs in the case appealed to the Fifth Circuit, which put the case, and similar challenges from Texas and Mississippi, on hold until the Supreme Court ruled in a case challenging bans in Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky, titled Obergefell v. Hodges.

Obergefell, in both its Fourteenth and First Amendment iterations, is the law of the land and, consequently, the law of this circuit and should not be taken lightly by actors within the jurisdiction of this court,” the Fifth Circuit wrote.

“Because this court agrees that that is the required result, the judgment appealed from is REVERSED, and this matter is REMANDED for entry of judgment in favor of the plaintiffs.”

The Fifth Circuit also upheld lower court rulings striking down bans in Texas and Mississippi.

(Related: Despite appeals court ruling, Bobby Jindal blocks Louisiana recognition of gay marriages.)