San Francisco city officials have asked the U.S. Supreme Court for advance warning if the court ends a legal challenge to Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.

According to the San Jose Mercury News, the city made the request last week in a letter to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The Supreme Court is expected on Monday at 9:30AM to release a list of cases it has granted or denied review from its latest conference held on Friday.

Should the court decline to hear an appeal in the case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, the marriages of gay and lesbian couples taking place before the constitutional amendment was narrowly approved by voters in November 2008 could resume within days as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling upholding a lower court's decision declaring Prop 8 unconstitutional would be made permanent.

City officials believe such a decision would prompt a stampede of gay couples requesting marriage licenses.

“Allowing for an orderly process likewise will provide same-sex couples and their families and friends with the dignity they deserve as they celebrate an important milestone in their lives,” wrote Therese Stewart, chief deputy city attorney.