The 10th Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday denied a second emergency stay in a lower court's ruling declaring Utah's gay marriage ban invalid.

On Friday, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby declared Amendment 3, the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment which limits marriage to heterosexual unions, in violation of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The appeals court denied the state's previous request on Sunday, saying that it had not satisfied “the factors that must be established to be entitled to a stay pending appeal,” Fox 13 reported.

As Judge Shelby considered whether to grant a stay on his ruling as the state's appeal moves forward, gay and lesbian couples rushed to county clerk offices to tie the knot. Equality Utah, the state's largest LGBT rights advocate, reported lines in the hundreds at some offices on Monday morning.

“Consider how important the marriage institution is, how hotly contested the definition of marriage is both publicly and politically, the value in promoting both separation of powers and federalism principles, the fact that many other courts have upheld the constitutionality of man-woman marriage, and the fact that neither this Court nor the Supreme Court has issued a final ruling on this issue, the need for a temporary stay and stay pending appeal is readily apparent,” the state argued in its filing to the appeals court. “Utah should be allowed to enforce its democratically chosen definition of marriage until the appropriate appellate court of last resort has declared otherwise.”