The Utah Supreme Court on Friday granted a stay in several lower court orders requiring the Department of Health to issue birth certificates in adoptions involving married gay couples.

According to Salt Lake City's Fox 13, the stay was granted in response to a Utah attorney general's office request for clarity in the cases.

“Enforcement of the district court orders mandating or authorizing Petitioner to issue birth certificates is stayed until the Court can address the petitions for extraordinary relief,” the court wrote.

Third District Judge Andrew Stone ordered top officials to appear at a June 16 hearing to explain why they refused to issue a birth certificate to a lesbian couple as he had ordered on May 7. The unidentified women married in Utah during the 17-day window when such unions were legal.

On December 20, 2013, U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Amendment 3, the state's 2004 voter-approved constitutional amendment limiting marriage to heterosexual couples. For 17 days before the Supreme Court granted a stay in the ruling, Utah was the 18th state to legalize same-sex marriage.

The attorney general's office said in a statement that the court order conflicted “with Utah law currently in effect, which prohibits the state and any state entities from recognizing same-sex marriages.”