Portrait Painting of Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey by Michael Shane Neal.

CINCINNATI - A federal appeals judge hearing arguments about gay marriage bans in four states says "it doesn't look like the sky has fallen in" in other states that allow same-sex marriage.

Judge Martha Craig Daughtrey made the comment Wednesday in Cincinnati as she and two other judges on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned lawyers on both sides during the biggest court session yet of federal legal battles over gay marriage. They were hearing cases from Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Another judge, Jeffrey Sutton, repeatedly asked whether trying to get the issue changed before the U.S. Supreme Court was the right course instead of waiting for popular change.

The judges didn't indicate when they would rule in the cases.