State officials in Utah are expected to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene in a federal ruling declaring the state's gay marriage ban invalid.

The state could file its request as early as Monday.

According to an analysis by SCOTUSblog's Lyle Denniston, asking the high court to review the decision before an appellate court has ruled is a possible, though ambitious, option for Utah.

“If Utah's own legal staff, along with outside counsel they say they have recruited to help out, conclude that the state's opposition to such marriages is probably a lost cause in lower courts, they could attempt to persuade the Supreme Court that now is the time to deal with the core issue, once and for all, without waiting for the ongoing campaign to promote marriage equality to unfold further in the lower state and federal courts,” Denniston wrote.

Referring to rulings in New Jersey, New Mexico, Utah and Ohio, Denniston added: “[I]f the experience of the last few weeks is any guide to what may unfold in lower courts in coming weeks and months, there are good reasons to believe that more of the existing state bans are likely to be nullified, perhaps rather quickly.”

Utah officials, however, are more likely to ask Justice Sonia Sotomayor for an emergency stay in the ruling as an appeal moves forward.

(Related: Utah Republicans back plan to spend $2 million defending gay marriage ban.)