Marriage equality supporters in Arkansas experienced a bittersweet victory on Wednesday when the Arkansas Supreme Court refused to stay a ruling knocking down the state's ban on gay marriage but still managed to put a halt to the weddings of gay and lesbian couples already taking place in the state.

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza on Friday knocked down a 10-year-old voter-approved constitutional amendment and 1997 law prohibiting gay couples from marrying. More than 450 gay couples married in the handful of counties that recognized Piazza's order.

But while the justices refused to set aside Piazza's ruling, they said that Piazza neglected to address a separate state law that bars county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples.

“I would argue that is implicit in his ruling, but we're going to have to get him address that,” said Jack Wagoner, a lawyer for the plaintiffs.

According to the AP, the two remaining counties issuing marriage licenses on Wednesday to gay couples, Pulaski and Washington, said they would not be doing so on Thursday.