A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday to lift the stay in Florida’s case on marriage for same-sex couples.

A federal judge declared Florida’s marriage ban unconstitutional in August, but the clerk of the court of Washington County and secretaries of the Florida Department of Health and Department of Management Services requested a stay. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday against the request to extend the stay.

Barring further legal opposition, same-sex couples could marry in Florida beginning Jan. 6.

“The stories of the individuals represented in our case demonstrate that Florida’s ban on marriages for same-sex couples hurts Florida families, and we are hopeful that that harm will finally be coming to an end soon,” said ACLU of Florida attorney Daniel Tilley in a statement.