A federal judge has delayed ruling on Michigan's gay marriage ban.
U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said he won't rule on whether to overturn the law, but is instead sending the case to trial.
The case centers on a lesbian couple's lawsuit challenging the state's ban on adoption by unmarried couples.
The judge said the plaintiff's are "entitled to their day in court" after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision recognizing legally married gay couples earlier this year.
Gay rights activists were disappointed because if the ban had been lifted, same-sex marriage would have immediately become legal in the state.
Traditional marriage supporters rallied outside the courthouse in support of keeping the ban.
"We believe that marriage is between one man and one woman. It is not two men; it is not two women," one protestor said.
The case is set to go to trial Feb. 25.