TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- A state appeals court has refused to let Attorney General Pam Bondi take the state's ban on gay marriage directly to the Florida Supreme Court.

The 3rd District Court of Appeals on Friday indicated in a brief sentence that it will continue to consider Bondi's appeal against overturning Florida's gay marriage ban.

Several Florida judges ruled this summer that Florida's ban is unconstitutional but stayed their rulings until other cases around the country were resolved, including those pending with the U.S. Supreme Court. It recently declined to hear appeals from five states that sought to keep their marriage bans in place. The American Civil Liberties Unions, as well as attorneys for couples seeking to marry, then sued to overturn the stay.

Bondi wanted the Florida Supreme Court to rule.