The weddings of gay and lesbian couples taking place in Arkansas since Saturday came to a halt on Friday when the state Supreme Court issued a stay in a lower court's ruling striking down the state's ban on such unions.

On May 9, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza knocked down a 10-year-old voter-approved constitutional amendment and a 1997 law prohibiting gay couples from marrying. A handful of counties began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples the following day.

On Wednesday, the high court refused to stay Piazza's order, saying, essentially, that there was nothing to stay since his order did not address a separate state law that prohibits county clerks from issuing licenses to gay couples.

Marriages resumed on Thursday in Pulaski County, the state's largest, after Piazza issued a new ruling striking down all state laws preventing same-sex couples from marrying. Washington County began issuing such licenses again Friday morning.

According to the Arkansas Times, the Arkansas Supreme Court “granted a request to put on hold” Piazza's ruling pending an appeal.

Roughly 500 couples, most of them in Pulaski County, exchanged vows in the last 6 days.

The Times reported that it was uncertain if the case can be decided this calendar year.

(Related: Arkansas lawmakers reject resolution calling on court to overturn gay marriage ruling.)