BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Gov. Butch Otter's request for a review of the court's ruling last year that overturned Idaho's gay marriage ban.

Otter had requested that an 11-judge panel review the October decision by three judges that Idaho's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional. On Friday the 9th Circuit rejected Otter's request. Gay couples have been able to marry since shortly after the original appellate court ruling.

The National Center for Lesbian Rights praised Friday's decision, saying the original three-judge ruling was consistent with other federal judicial decisions. Last week, Otter and Idaho's attorney general filed separate petitions to the U.S. Supreme Court, fighting against gay marriage and arguing that the state's case has national consequences.