The 8th United States Circuit Court of Appeals is deferring to the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of same-sex marriage.
Nebraska had been scheduled to defend its definition of marriage, which prohibits same-sex marriage on May 12th during a hearing in Omaha. Missouri, South Dakota, and Arkansas, all with similar marriage definitions, are also part of the case.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on Tuesday for and against similar measures in four other states. It is expected to hand down a ruling at the end of June.
The 8th Circuit announced today it would hold off any further consideration of the cases.
Nebraska and the other states appealed to the full circuit after federal judges struck down their bans on same-sex marriage.
The decision by the circuit court avoids an odd legal situation in which states would be arguing before a federal appellate court after the Supreme Court had heard arguments on the issue.