Texas Attorney General Paxton joined with 14 other states’ attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court concerning same-sex marriage.

The friend-of-the-court brief urges the court to uphold a decision made by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal granting states’ rights to define marriage, according to a press release from the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

“I urge the Supreme Court to uphold the appeals court’s ruling and strike down these blatant attempts to disregard the will of millions of citizens in Texas and dozens of other states who stood and voted for the cherished institution of marriage,” read part of a statement from Attorney General Paxton.

An amicus brief is an unsolicited opinion or information that bears on a case from an unaffiliated party.